The West Virginia Mountaineers (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) will attempt to build on a five-game home winning streak when taking on the Kansas Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at WVU Coliseum, airing at 6:00 PM ET.
Kansas is a slight 1.5-point favorite against West Virginia when the Jayhawks play the Mountaineers on Saturday. The game’s over/under is 146.5.
Kansas vs. West Virginia Odds
Point Spread for Kansas vs. West Virginia
The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with bookmakers listing Kansas as the favorite.
Kansas vs. West Virginia Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Kansas has -123 odds to pick up the win, while West Virginia is listed at +102 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 146.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
- Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
- Location: Morgantown, Indiana
- Arena: WVU Coliseum
Kansas vs. West Virginia Betting Trends
Kansas has six wins against the spread in 14 games this year. The Jayhawks have been named as the favorite 12 times this year and have yet to lose any of those games. Kansas’ games this year have eclipsed the over/under nine times in 14 opportunities (64.3%).
West Virginia has seven wins against the spread in 14 games this year. The Mountaineers have won one of the five games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (20%). West Virginia’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 71.4% of the time (10 out of 14 games with a set point total).
Kansas vs. West Virginia Key Players to Watch
Jalen Wilson averages 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also averaging 2.9 assists, shooting 41.8% from the field and 33.7% from downtown with 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest. Gradey Dick posts 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 47.4% from the floor and 46.8% from downtown with 2.6 made 3-pointers per contest. Kevin McCullar averages 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest, shooting 44.9% from the field and 34.0% from downtown with 1.2 made 3-pointers per contest. Dajuan Harris posts a team-leading 6.5 assists per game. He is also averaging 8.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, shooting 52.3% from the field.
Tre Mitchell gives the Mountaineers 13.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Erik Stevenson is putting up a team-leading 14.1 points per game. And he is delivering 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, making 51.4% of his shots from the floor and 44.8% from 3-point range, with 2.1 treys per game. Kedrian Johnson is the Mountaineers’ top assist man (3.4 per game), and he produces 9.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. The Mountaineers receive 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game from Joe Toussaint.
What you need to know about the Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas went 11-10-0 ATS in conference games last season. Offensively, the Jayhawks are posting 77.9 points per game (65th-ranked in college basketball). They are ceding 65.1 points per contest at the other end of the court (84th-ranked). Kansas ranks 65th in college basketball with 35.2 boards per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 178th with 31.1 rebounds allowed per contest.
So far this year, Kansas is draining 8.0 three-pointers per game (136th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 37.6% (44th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks are 206th in the country with 7.3 treys allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 140th with a 32.2% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.
What you need to know about the West Virginia Mountaineers
A total of 15 of West Virginia’s conference games last year went over the point total. At 79.4 points scored per game and 67.4 points allowed, the Mountaineers are 41st in college basketball offensively and 136th on defense. In 2022-23, West Virginia is 170th in the country in rebounds (32.7 per game) and 57th in rebounds conceded (28.6).
The Mountaineers score 82.9 points per game at home, and 72.8 on the road. West Virginia makes 7.3 3-pointers per game and shoots 36.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 203rd and 72nd, respectively, in college basketball. Defensively, the Mountaineers are 63rd in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.1. They are 108th in 3-point percentage allowed at 31.6%.
Kansas vs. West Virginia Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Kansas, and we project that West Virginia will cover the spread (Kansas -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 146.5 points.
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