Kansas vs West Virginia Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Saturday, February 25, 2023

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The Kansas Jayhawks (23-5, 11-4 Big 12) welcome in the West Virginia Mountaineers (16-12, 5-10 Big 12) after victories in three home games in a row. It begins at 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

Kansas is a strong 9.5-point favorite against West Virginia when the Jayhawks take on the Mountaineers on Saturday. The matchup’s point total is 150.5.

Kansas vs. West Virginia Odds

Point Spread for Kansas vs. West Virginia

The spread for this matchup is set at 9.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Kansas as the favorite.

Kansas vs. West Virginia Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Kansas has -516 odds to pick up the win, while West Virginia is listed at +392 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 150.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, February 25, 2023
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas
  • Arena: Allen Fieldhouse

Kansas vs. West Virginia Betting Trends

Against the spread, Kansas is 14-14-0 this season. The Jayhawks have been favorites in 23 games this season and have come away with the win 20 times (87%) in those contests. Kansas’ games this year have hit the over 57.1% of the time (16 out of 28 games with a set point total).

In West Virginia’s 28 games this season, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Mountaineers have put together a 2-9 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 18.2% of those games). West Virginia’s games this season have hit the over 67.9% of the time (19 out of 28 games with a set point total).

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Kansas vs. West Virginia Key Players to Watch

Kansas

Jalen Wilson leads the Jayhawks with 19.9 points per contest and 8.5 rebounds, while also posting 2.5 assists. Kevin McCullar averages 10.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest, shooting 43.2% from the floor. Gradey Dick puts up 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. At the other end, he posts 1.5 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
Dajuan Harris paces his team in assists per game (6.3), and also puts up 8.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. At the other end, he averages 1.9 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.

West Virginia

Erik Stevenson is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game. And he is producing 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists, making 43.7% of his shots from the floor and 40.0% from 3-point range, with 2.2 triples per contest. The Mountaineers get 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game from Tre Mitchell. Kedrian Johnson paces the Mountaineers in assists (3.2 per game), and posts 10.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. He also posts 1.6 steals and 0.0 blocked shots. Joe Toussaint gives the Mountaineers 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas has won eight games against the spread in conference action this season, while failing to cover seven times. Offensively, the Jayhawks are averaging 76.5 points per game (65th-ranked in college basketball). They are surrendering 68.0 points per contest at the other end (121st-ranked). Kansas ranks 53rd in the country with 34.2 boards per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 218th with 31.6 rebounds allowed per game.

The Jayhawks average 79.9 points per game when playing at home, compared to 75.5 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 4.4 points per contest. Kansas is draining 7.1 threes per game (219th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 34.9% three-point percentage (149th-ranked). The Jayhawks are allowing 6.8 treys per game (126th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 32.1% three-point percentage (78th-ranked).

The Jayhawks have a 7-3 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Kansas has gone over the total five times. Kansas has seen a downturn in scoring recently, putting up 75.2 points per game in its last 10 contests, 1.3 points fewer than the 76.5 it has scored this year. Kansas’ defense has been less stingy lately, as the team has allowed 71.2 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 68.0 points per game its opponents average on the season.

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What you need to know about the West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia is 6-9-0 ATS in conference action this season. In 2022-23, the Mountaineers are 63rd in the nation on offense (76.6 points scored per game) and 201st defensively (70.6 points conceded). With 31.6 rebounds per game and 29.0 rebounds allowed, West Virginia is 189th and 62nd in the country, respectively.

The Mountaineers are scoring more points at home (78.8 per game) than away (71.3). West Virginia makes 7.3 3-pointers per game and shoots 35.7% from beyond the arc, ranking 192nd and 98th, respectively, in the nation. Defensively, the Mountaineers are 53rd in the country in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.2. They are 135th in 3-point percentage conceded at 33.1%.

The Mountaineers have a 4-6 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, West Virginia has hit the over seven times. West Virginia is posting 74.2 points per game in its previous 10 games, which is 2.4 fewer points than its average for the season (76.6). Over their past 10 games, the Mountaineers are surrendering 73.3 points per game, 2.7 more points than their season average (70.6).

Kansas vs. West Virginia Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Kansas, and we predict that West Virginia will cover the spread (Kansas -9.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 150.5 points.

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How to bet Kansas vs. West Virginia

You can bet on Kansas vs. West Virginia at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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