College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: West Virginia vs. Kansas
The second of tonight’s Big 12 semifinal games at the Sprint center in Kansas City, MO will feature
a team that was expected to be there squaring off with a squad which pulled off a massive upset
yesterday. The West Virginia Mountaineers, fresh off of a stunning 5-point victory over Texas Tech,
will be taking on the #17 Kansas Jayhawks.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. March 15, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN2
Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -10.5 (-110)
The Mountaineers were 13-point underdogs for yesterday’s tilt with Texas Tech after the team
slogged through a Big 12 regular season to forget. However, the last place team in the conference
was able to pull off a stunner over one of the conference co-leaders. On the year, West Virginia is 14-
19 (12-20-1 ATS) and 4-14 in Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks run of 14 straight Big 12 regular season crowns came to an end this year. The team
finished up two games behind co-leaders Texas Tech and Kansas State. For the season, Kansas is 24-
8 (14-17-1 ATS) and 12-6 in conference. They took down Texas yesterday by a score of 65-57 as
West Virginia Mountaineers
While West Virginia struggled through the regular season, the team did show some signs of life
towards the end while winning three of their final five games. Over their last 10 outings, the
Mountaineers are 4-6 (5-5 ATS).
Team totals are 19-14 for the season with the Over coming in for six of the last seven. In yesterday’s
win over Texas Tech, Emmitt Matthews Jr. led the way with 28 points. Jordan McCabe was next up
with 13, while Jermaine Haley and Lamont West chipped in 11 and 10 respectively.
Kansas had some struggles of its own down the stretch run. Over the last 10 games, the team is 7-3
(6-4 ATS). The lowlight was a 91-62 crushing on the road at Texas Tech, but the Jayhawks did
bounce back to close out the regular season with three wins over the last four.
Totals have been Over for three of the last four and trend that way for the season at 19-12-1. The
team took a balanced approach to Thursday’s victory over Texas. Devon Dotson led the way with 17
points, but Dedric Lawson was right behind him with 16. David McCormack added in 13 points,
while Quentin Grimes contributed 12.
West Virginia vs. Kansas Prediction
These two programs met twice during the regular season with the home team winning both times.
The Mountaineers won by 1-point at home as 4.5-point underdogs. The Jayhawks returned the favor
with a 25-point home win as 15-point favorites.
Kansas holds a 7-3 advantage for the last 10 meetings. Totals are 3-7 over that span. There’s no
questioning that Kansas is the better team on paper, but that was abundantly clear yesterday as well
when it came to Texas Tech. That said, we don’t see Kansas making the same mistakes and expect
them to win and cover to advance to the Big 12 title game.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -10.5 (-110)