Betting the Kansas State Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers Game
Kansas State heads into one of the toughest gyms in the Big 12 — if not the entire NCAA — when they head to West Virginia Tuesday to take on the Mountaineers. Kansas State is coming off a Saturday win over Oklahoma State, while West Virginia will be returning home after a close win at Texas Tech. Kansas State is 12-7 and sits at eighth place in the Big 12. West Virginia is 16-3 and is in second place in the conference. For NCAAB betting lines, click here.
WVU checks in at No. 9 in both polls this week. pic.twitter.com/DgR5xRdTxn
— WVU Men’s Basketball (@WVUhoops) January 25, 2016
Why should you bet on West Virginia?
The #6 Mountaineers are one of the best teams in the nation — and they don’t have any blue-chip stars on their roster. However, they are one of the deepest teams with consistent ability from top to bottom. Their comeback win at Texas Tech brought the team a great deal of adversity, as starters Devin Williams and Jevon Carter found themselves in early foul trouble. However, Tarik Phillip came off the bench to score the team’s last eight points as they mounted a 10-2 run to finish the game, ending a two-game slide. Elijah Macon also came off the bench to pour in some crucial baskets. Texas Tech was up 76-72 with 1:10 left in the game, and then Phillip knocked down a three, got a three-point play when he scored on a layup and was fouled after a steal, and then sealed the win with a dunk right by the buzzer, giving him a total of 20 for the game.
As Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith put it in the press conference after the game, “[The Mountaineers] did what they had to do to win the game…Just a hard-fought game. I thought our kids played hard today.” West Virginia went 9 for 18 from downtown. For the season, they are #1 in the nation in forced turnovers and steals, thanks to their pressing defense. They average 18.9 points per game on second chance points and 24.1 points per game off those turnovers.
Why should you take Kansas State?
It looks like Kansas State may have turned a corner. Before they knocked off Oklahoma State on Saturday (89-73), they were just 1-5 in Big 12 play — and the Cowboys knocked off Kansas last week. However, the Wildcats had not shot well in conference play. That all changed against Oklahoma State, as Justin Edwards and Kamau Stokes each had 13 points, and Wesley Iwundu and Dean Wade added 12 apiece. Stephen Hurt chipped in 11 more, as the offense finally seemed to be firing on all cylinders. They knocked down 9 of 17 three point shots (with Stokes having four makes all by himself). In the first half, Kansas State went 6 for 8 from downtown, including four in a row during their 27-13 run that sent the teams into intermission.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While Kansas State shot lights-out against Oklahoma State, the full-court press of the Mountaineers will rattle them. I am picking West Virginia to roll against Kansas State at home, 72-59.