Kansas at West Virginia Odds, Free Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Monday,January 23, 2017 1:49, EDT in

We don’t have to wait very long one of the best college basketball matchups of this week as it arrives on Tuesday from the Big 12 when No. 2 Kansas, which is No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, visits No. 7 West Virginia. ESPN will feature it and thus it will have live college basketball betting.

Kansas at West Virginia Odds, Free Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WVa.
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioKansas / West Virginia
Opening NCAA Basketball Lines: TBA

Why Bet On Kansas?

The Jayhawks will keep the top position in the coaches poll. But this trip to Morgantown kicks off a challenging week, with the next stop taking them to Kentucky for a top-five showdown Saturday. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, will see their ranking dip by the time they take the court thanks to a two-game skid. WVU, however, already has knocked off one No.-1 team, Baylor.

“Monster games,” KU coach Bill Self called them Saturday, after Kansas dispatched Texas 79-67. “This is a stretch that is probably as tough as we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Self has gone smaller and faster this season. Frank Mason III, for instance, with his 20 points a game and 53.7 shooting from the three-point line – and as good an argument as any for national player of the year. The Jayhawks are shooting 50.2 as a team and averaging 85 points.

The win over Texas was KU’s 50th straight home victory. The Jayhawks recorded a season-high 14 steals and never trailed for the entire game to remain undefeated in Big 12 play (18-1, 7-0 Big 12). Mason III became the 21st Jayhawk to reach 1,500 career points when he made a 3-pointer at the 18:51 mark of the first half, giving Kansas an early 6-0 lead. Mason finished with 17 points, adding seven assists, to vault himself in the top-20 of all-time scorers at KU with 1,514 career points. Junior guard Devonte’ Graham led the Jayhawks in scoring with 18 points on 4-of- 8 shooting beyond the arc.

KU’s 7-0 record ties for its sixth-best start in the 21-year history of the league. KU has won 16 Big 12 regular-season titles, including the last 12 straight starting in 2004-05. Kansas’ 18-game winning streak is the second-longest in NCAA Division I behind Gonzaga (19). KU leads the Big 12 with a 41.6 3-point field goal percentage, which is fifth in NCAA Division I. KU has outrebounded each of its last three and four of its last five opponents and averages 40.7 rebounds per contest with a +6.6 rebound margin.

Why Bet On West Virginia?

WVU (15-4) dropped their second straight Big 12 game on Saturday with a 79-75 loss on the road to Kansas State. This just two days after a shocking overtime loss at Oklahoma. The way in which West Virginia lost was particularly surprising. The team known for turning teams over and creating havoc with its full-court defensive pressure had its own struggles taking care of the ball. Kansas State forced 23 West Virginia turnovers, but only gave the ball away 16 times. Even playing on the road, that’s a surprising statistic for a team that ranks No. 1 in turnovers forced per game. The Wildcats took advantage of those opportunities too, scoring 25 points off turnovers.

“We turned the ball over 23 times to their 16,” said WVU coach Bob Huggins. “It’s carelessness. It’s a (three-point) game when Esa (Ahmad) throws it away and how does Nate (Adrian) have four turnovers? He’s the most intelligent basketball player I’ve had in years and year and years. How does he turn it over four times? He turned it over four times trying to make plays that weren’t there.”

All five Kansas State starters scored double figures and the Wildcats overcame a 12-point first half deficit. Sophomore point guard Jamau Stokes, who was listed as questionable for the game, with a sprained ankle suffered in the final minute of Wednesday night’s victory over Oklahoma State, matched Barry Brown for team scoring honors with 15 points.

West Virginia shot 41.8 percent for the game, but converted just 44 percent of its field goal attempts inside the 3-point line. Mountaineer bigs Brandon Watkins and Elijah Macon fouled out, while Sagaba Konate finished the game with four fouls.

West Virginia is 10-1 at WVU Coliseum this season. The Mountaineers lead the Big 12 in scoring (88.3), scoring margin (+23.6), steals (12.0), turnover margin (+11.5) and offensive rebounds (15.6). WVU forces an NCAA-leading 23.2 turnovers per game.

The Kansas-West Virginia series started when WVU joined the Big 12 in 2012-13 and Kansas holds a 6-3 advantage. West Virginia has won three straight in WVU Coliseum and is 3-1 overall against KU at home

Kansas at West Virginia Free Pick: West Virginia

Take West Virginia on NCAA basketball odds. A very different club at home.