West Virginia will almost certainly need a season sweep of Kansas in order to win the Big 12. The first step has already been accomplished, as the Mountaineers defeated the Jayhawks 85-69 in Morgantown earlier this season. However, West Virginia will be in search of its first win at Allen Fieldhouse since joining the Big 12 in 2012 on Monday night.
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- The total has gone UNDER in 3 of the past 4 games between West Virginia and Kansas.
- Kansas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games as a favorite of 5.0 or less.
- West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games after an ATS win.
Press Virginia is running at peak capacity this season, as WVU has forced an average of 22.2 turnovers per game, four more than any other team in the nation. Esa Ahmad scored a career-high 27 points against Kansas earlier this season but has been wildly inconsistent since, shooting less than 35 percent in three of five outings, including a 0-for-3, zero-point performance against Oklahoma State.
Frank Mason is coming off his worst outing of the year in which he played a season-low 26 minutes while shooting 4-for-13 before fouling out. Mason was dealing with an unspecified illness in that game but the senior must play better if Kansas wants to beat WVU. Josh Jackson has become the lethal two-way player NBA teams envisioned, as the freshman has averaged 21.4 points and 8.8 rebounds with four double-doubles in the past five games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Bettors looking to go with the Kansas Jayhawks in this one found them listed as -2.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Mountaineers was expected to move the line.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Kansas Jayhawks currently sport a 22-3 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-15-1 ATS. The West Virginia Mountaineers are 20-5 and 13-9 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Kansas Jayhawks produce a 10-13 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the West Virginia Mountaineers have gone 13-9 against the totals betting line.
This college basketball game matches up the No. 92 (Kansas) and the No. 28 (West Virginia) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.
Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and West Virginia is ranked No. 101 in NCAA basketball at 37.08 per game. Contrast that with Kansas’s No. 25 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Kansas is the No. 48-ranked team in the country at 8.84 per game, while West Virginia rates No. 107 at 7.84 per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Mountaineers got 19 points from Jevon Carter as West Virginia ran past Kansas State 85-66 on Saturday at WVU Colliseum.
Texas Tech was victimized by Josh Jackson for 31 points as the Jayhawks defeated the Red Raiders 80-79 in college hoops action on Saturday.
- West Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of West Virginia’s last 12 games
- West Virginia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Kansas is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Kansas is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas’s last 10 games
- Kansas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
West Virginia home to Texas Tech, Saturday, February 18th
Kansas at Baylor, Saturday, February 18th