Kansas State at West Virginia Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 9, 2017 in

Kansas State has been one of the most inconsistent programs in the nation over the last month. Sitting at 16-8 (5-7 Big 12), they have knocked off then-#2 Baylor on the road and taken down then-#7 West Virginia at home. However, they have also taken ugly home losses from the likes of TCU, one of the worst teams in the conference. They head to Morgantown for a date with now-#13 West Virginia (19-5, 7-4 Big 12), who is likely spoiling for revenge after that loss down in Manhattan. The Mountaineers have won four of five and just knocked off Oklahoma, 61-50, down in Norman on Wednesday night. Check out all of our college basketball odds for this week’s games.

Kansas State at West Virginia Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 11, Noon ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WVA
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioKansas State / West Virginia

Why should you bet on the Wildcats?

It’s hard to tell which Kansas State team will get off the bus in West Virginia on Saturday afternoon. They pushed then-#3 Kansas to the brink on Monday night, as the Jayhawks had to give all they had to leave Manhattan with a 74-71 victory. Kamau Stokes hit a huge three for the Wildcats with just 19.2 ticks on the clock to bring the game to 72-69, and D.J. Johnson went three for four from the charity stripe in the waning minutes. Dean Wade led the way with 20 points on the night. The Wildcats jumped out to a big lead to start the game, but Kansas wore down the Wildcats’ resolve with a pair of big runs to end the first half. If the Wildcats bring a similar level of energy to West Virginia, they could sweep one of the most dominant defensive teams in the nation.

Why should you put your money on the Mountaineers?

“Press Virginia” was back in full force on Wednesday night, as that fullcourt defense yielded 23 turnovers on the night against Oklahoma. Even when the Sooners made it down to set up on offense, the harassing action of the Mountaineer D limited them to just 33 percent shooting from the floor. The Mountaineers didn’t shoot much better, but freshman guard James Bolden came up big for them, posting 17 points, a career best, in just 10 minutes, going 6 for 11 and 3 for 6 from downtown. His 15 first-half points were more than half of the 27 that West Virginia posted before the intermission. So while the Sooners were able to roar out to an 11-2 lead early, West Virginia squeezed the life out of Oklahoma after that, imposing their press to take over the game.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’m leery of West Virginia’s tendency to take nights off against lesser opponents, but we’re getting closer to tournament time, and Kansas State has consistency issues of their own. I predict a final score of West Virginia 78, Kansas State 74.