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

Game
Kansas at West Virginia
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, WV
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN
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Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 80-78 win over Texas in their last outing. Lagerald Vick led the Jayhawks with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and 4 assists while Marcus Garrett added 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals. Dedric Lawson added 17 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds while Devon Dotson chipped in 10 points with a team-high 5 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Kansas in the winning effort. Lawson leads Kansas by averaging a double-double per game with 19.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while Dotson leads the Jayhawks with an average of 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 78.8 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 66.8% from the foul line this season.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 98-67 beatdown at the hands of TCU in their last outing. James Bolden led the Mountaineers with 15 points along with 3 assists while Wesley Harris added 13 points and a team-high 5 rebounds with a pair of blocks as the only other Mountaineer to score in double figures in the loss. Jermaine Haley led the Mountaineers with 5 assists while Esa Ahmad added 8 points. Ahmad still leads the Mountaineers with an average of 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Bolden leads West Virginia in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 75.2 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Kansas is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 19-8-2 in their last 29 games overall. West Virginia is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. Kansas is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams but just 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at West Virginia.

Kansas laying points on the road at West Virginia is a tough proposition to stomach given the Jayhawks’ struggles in this venue and their issues this season on the road. However, this is clearly not the same West Virginia team that we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years, and the Mountaineers look like they won’t be involved in any postseason basketball, let alone March Madness. The fact is that the Jayhawks keep getting the job done on the scoreboard and these two teams are headed in completely different directions at the moment. Kansas should be able to take care of West Virginia here so I’ll lay the points on the road with the Jayhawks.

Pick:
Kansas -5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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