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Kansas State vs. West Virginia - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
West Virginia at Kansas State
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, Kansas
The Line
Kansas State Wildcats -4.5 O/U: 128
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas State Wildcats will meet up on the college basketball court Wednesday.

West Virginia enters this one at 8-6 overall. The Mountaineers are just 2-3 in the last five games, beating JSU and Lehigh while falling to Rhode Island, Texas Tech and Texas in that time.

In the loss to the Longhorns, West Virginia’s Derek Culver put up 17 points with nine rebounds to lead the team. Also in double-figures for the Mountaineers there were Esa Ahmad (10 points; six rebounds) and James Bolden (13 points).

Over on the Kansas State side, they’re 10-4 this year. After a four-game win streak over Georgia State, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt and George Mason, the Wildcats have lost to Texas and Texas Tech in the last pair.

In the loss to the Red Raiders, Kansas State’s Barry Brown was the top scorer with 16 points and two rebounds. Makol Mawien doubled up for the Wildcats on 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Cartier Diarra added 11 points of his own.

The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Big 12 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games. West Virginia is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 following an ATS win and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 overall.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The under is 6-1 in Kansas State’s last seven overall and 4-1 in the last five Wednesday games.

It’s been a rough stretch of games for the Mountaineers—especially the last two. West Virginia has just 113 combined points in their games versus Texas Tech and Texas, though to their credit WVU did hold both teams to a combined 123 points.

Kansas State didn’t exactly blow the doors off those two teams either though, with that barometer in effect I’m taking West Virginia on the cover.

Pick:
West Virginia Mountaineers +4.5

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