Check out our free Kansas vs West Virginia pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Morgantown. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Kansas vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Jayhawks vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kansas Jayhawks at West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Morgantown at WVU Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Kansas -1.5, KAN -126 | WVIR +105 O/U 142.5
Kansas will take the floor against the Mountaineers with an overall record of 13-1. So far, the Jayhawks have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 3-1. This season, Kansas has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 12-0. For today’s contest, Kansas has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 20.64 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.43 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.57 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.4% of his shots and is adding 5.29 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Coming into today’s matchup, the West Virginia Mountaineers are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 10-4. So far this season, West Virginia has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-1. For the season, West Virginia has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mountaineers being +1.5 point underdogs.
West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 14.14 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Mountaineers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 51.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.29 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Kansas Jayhawks -1.5
Leading into this matchup, the Kansas Jayhawks are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -1.5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Jayhawks’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Kansas has a field goal percentage of 48.1, good for 33rd in college basketball. Although Kansas hasn’t been excellent vs the spread on the road of late, 5-5, we see their still being plenty of value in grabbing them at -1.5.