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West Virginia vs. Kansas State - 2/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas State at West Virginia
Date & Time Monday February 18, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, WV
The Line
West Virginia Mountaineers +8 -- Over/Under: 132
TV Channel
ESPN
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The 18th ranked Kansas State Wildcats will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The 18th ranked Kansas State Wildcats had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 19-6 (9-3 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Iowa State Cyclones, 78-64, this past Saturday. Kansas State had no answers on the defensive end for the Cyclones and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Wildcats run gave Iowa State a 74-60 lead with 1:36 left in regulation. Kansas State allowed Iowa State to shoot 52.7% from the field and 58.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Barry Brown Jr. who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.

On the season, Kansas State is averaging 65.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown Jr. (15.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.9 spg), Dean Wade (13.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Xavier Sneed (10.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.2 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats currently rank 71st in scoring margin as Kansas State is outscoring their opponents by 5.6 ppg.

The West Virginia Mountaineers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-15 (2-10 ATS) on the season after being defeated by the 14th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 78-53, this past Saturday. West Virginia was overmatched on both ends of the court from the start and couldn’t fight back after the Mountaineers trailed by a 43-16 lead at halftime. West Virginia allowed Kansas to shoot 52.8% from the field while the Mountaineers shot just 33.9% from the field & 13.0% from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Derek Culver who had 9 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, West Virginia is averaging 71.4 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by James Bolden (12.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Esa Ahmad (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Derek Culver (11.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Lamont West (9.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Defensively, West Virginia is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers currently rank 256th in scoring margin as West Virginia has been outscored by an average of 4.0 ppg on the season.

Kansas State is 6-3 ATS on the road this season while 14-11 ATS overall on the season. West Virginia is 5-7-1 ATS at home on the season while just 7-17-1 ATS on the season.

Kansas State had a surprisingly difficult time on the defensive end against Iowa State, however, the real concern coming from this game is the status of Dean Wade who left early due to a foot injury. West Virginia has had a season to forget this year, however, the Mountaineers have been better at home this season as they did pick up conference wins against Kansas & Oklahoma. Kansas State is a solid team, however, they can struggle putting up points and as I don’t think Wade will suit up for this one, I think West Virginia will be able to do enough with the points to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
West Virginia Mountaineers +8

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