Kansas Looks To Put a Stranglehold on its Big 12 Lead
The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t had much of a hangover from winning the national title last season. College basketball odds show Kansas has won seven straight games and sitting as a slight favorite when it heads to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. Life hasn’t been especially comfortable for the Jayhawks lately, however. Kansas has won its first two games in Big 12 play by a combined five points.
The Mountaineers wouldn’t mind winning a few sweaty decisions. West Virginia hit the road for the first two games of conference play and quickly found disappointment. The Mountaineers lost to Oklahoma State and Kansas State and will need to start collecting wins to stay on pace for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Let’s check the latest march madness predictions, stats, injury reports, and march madness picks for Kansas vs West Virginia. We’ve plenty of march madness expert picks for you to consider.
Jayhawks Plan To Continue Stacking Victories
Despite starting the season 13-1, looking at scores and odds will tell you Kansas hasn’t won many games convincingly. The Jayhawks are 6-8 against the spread and have failed to cover in two of their past three games. Kansas has seen the total go over the number in 10 of its 14 games.
What makes the Jayhawks so effective is having balance on offense. Kansas has five players who average 8.0 more points per game. Jalen Wilson has done a good job as taken over as the Jayhawks’ top scorer. Wilson averages 20.6 points per game and also contributes 8.4 rebounds per contest. Kansas guard Grady Dick has also been playing solid basketball, shooting 46.8 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 14.6 points per game.
West Virginia Needs To Avoid Getting Crushed
Losing two straight on the road in conference play isn’t cause for alarm for the Mountaineers just yet. However, West Virginia will need to grab some wins for its resume. The Mountaineers are 0-1 vs. ranked teams this season, but a win over rival Pitt looks better now than it did at the time.
Las Vegas odds show that West Virginia, which is 10-4 overall and 7-7 against the spread, has been good at home. The Mountaineers are 7-0 in the WVU Coliseum, though all of those games came in non-conference action. Erik Stevenson leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Tre Mitchell and Emmitt Matthews Jr. also average 13.3 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.
Kansas vs West Virginia Game Injuries
Kansas vs West Virginia Head-to-Head
Anyone doing March Madness betting will see that Kansas and West Virginia had no history together before the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 for the 2012-13 season. The Jayhawks lead the meeting between the two teams since then, 18-6. At the WVU Coliseum, the Mountaineers have been successful against Kansas, holding a 6-4 edge.
Kansas vs West Virginia Game Information
- Game: Kansas (13-1, 2-0) vs West Virginia (10-4, 0-2)
- Location: WVU Coliseum
- Day/Time: Saturday, 6 p.m.
- Kansas vs West Virginia Live Stream: TBS.com
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Kansas vs West Virginia Betting Lines
Kansas vs West Virginia Picks & Prediction
West Virginia needs to grab a win. The Mountaineers are a capable defensive team that can turn up the pressure on opponents. West Virginia also plays good basketball at home. Kansas has been playing on the edge since the conference started. The Jayhawks will finally stub their toe in West Virginia.
Kansas is listed at -125 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jayhawks, you have a chance to win $80. West Virginia is +105, offering a chance to win $105.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Kansas a 55.56% chance to win, with West Virginia at 48.78%.