The Kansas State Wildcats (23-7, 11-6 Big 12) will attempt to continue a four-game winning run when visiting the West Virginia Mountaineers (17-13, 6-11 Big 12) at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at WVU Coliseum. The contest airs on ESPN+.
West Virginia is a 5-point favorite against Kansas State when the Mountaineers hit the court against the Wildcats on Saturday. A 149-point over/under has been set for the game.
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Odds
Point Spread for West Virginia vs. Kansas State
The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with bookmakers listing West Virginia as the favorite.
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Moneyline
As for the moneyline, West Virginia has -219 odds to pick up the win, while Kansas State is listed at +180 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 149 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
- Arena: WVU Coliseum
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Betting Trends
In West Virginia’s 30 games this season, it has 15 wins against the spread. The Mountaineers have come away with 13 wins in the 16 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. West Virginia has hit the over in 66.7% of its opportunities this year (20 times in 30 games with a set point total).
In Kansas State’s 30 games this year, it has 21 wins against the spread. The Wildcats have been the underdog on the moneyline 12 total times this season. They’ve gone 5-7 in those games. Kansas State’s games this year have gone over the point total 50% of the time (15 out of 30 games with a set point total).
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Key Players to Watch
Erik Stevenson averages a team-high 15.2 points per contest. He is also totaling 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting 43.6% from the field and 39.5% from beyond the arc with 2.3 made 3-pointers per game. Tre Mitchell is posting 11.4 points, 1.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. Kedrian Johnson paces the Mountaineers at 3.2 assists per contest, while also putting up 2 rebounds and 10.6 points. Joe Toussaint puts up 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. At the other end, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0 blocked shots.
Markquis Nowell is the Wildcats’ top assist man (7.7 per game), and he posts 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. His assist average ranks him third in college basketball. Keyontae Johnson is averaging team highs in points (17.6 per game) and rebounds (7.1). And he is contributing 2.2 assists, making 52.2% of his shots from the floor and 42.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.3 triples per contest. The Wildcats get 10.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Nae’Qwan Tomlin. Desi Sills gives the Wildcats 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also posts 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia has compiled an 8-9-0 ATS record in conference action so far this year. With 76.3 points per game on offense, the Mountaineers rank 71st in college basketball. At the other end of the court, they cede 70.8 points per contest, which ranks 204th in college basketball. With 31.5 boards per game, West Virginia is 197th in college basketball. It gives up 28.7 rebounds per contest, which ranks 46th in college basketball.
In home games, the Mountaineers are posting 7.2 more points per game (78.8) than they are away from home (71.6). West Virginia is making 7.3 three-pointers per game (197th-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 35.4% shooting percentage (114th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers are surrendering 6.4 treys per game (76th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 33.9% three-point percentage (185th-ranked).
The Mountaineers have gone 5-5 over their last 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Eight of West Virginia’s past 10 games have gone over the total. In its last 10 games, West Virginia has been putting up 75.1 points per game, an average that’s a little lower than the 76.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. The past 10 games have seen West Virginia concede four more points per game (74.8) than its season-long average (70.8).
What you need to know about the Kansas State Wildcats
In Kansas State’s 17 chances this year in Big 12 action, the combined scoring has gone over the point total nine times. The Wildcats put up 75.6 points per game and give up 68, ranking them 90th in college basketball offensively and 120th defensively. Kansas State is 143rd in college basketball in rebounds per game (32.3) and 126th in rebounds allowed (30.2).
The Wildcats average 75 points per game at home, and 76.3 on the road. In 2022-23, Kansas State is 222nd in the country in 3-point makes (7 per game) and 185th in 3-point percentage (34.2%). Defensively, the Wildcats are 52nd in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 6.2. They are 12th-best in 3-point percentage allowed at 29.5%.
The Wildcats are 6-4 against the spread and 6-4 overall over their past 10 games. Three of Kansas State’s last 10 games have hit the over. Over its previous 10 games, Kansas State is putting up 71.2 points per contest, 4.4 fewer points than its season average (75.6). The Wildcats are ceding 67.7 points per game in their previous 10 games, which is 0.3 fewer points than they are allowing for the season (68).
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is West Virginia, and we predict that Kansas State will cover the spread (West Virginia -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 149 points.
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