K-State vs. West Virginia Pick
Will No. 13 West Virginia cruise to a win at home when it takes on Kansas State today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, West Virginia is favored at home, as the Mountaineers are getting odds of -10 points against Kansas State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 144.5 points. Kansas State won the first meeting this season, 79-75 at home, and the Wildcats have covered in three of the last four meetings.
West Virginia has won four of its last five, including a 61-50 win at Oklahoma this week, to improve to 19-5 on the season and 7-4 in the Big 12. The Mountaineers are also 10-9 against the spread this season, but just 4-5 ATS at home. WVU has a tough offense to stop, as it puts up 86 points per game this season, including 91.4 per game at home. Defensively, WVU allows just 65.9 per game. Esa Ahmad, Jevon Carter and Nathan Adrian are each averaging 11 points per game. Daxter Miles Jr. is averaging 9.9 per game, but he is questionable to play today because of an ankle injury.
Kansas State is coming off a 74-71 loss to Kansas to fall to 16-8 overall and 5-6 in the Big 12. The Wildcats are just 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-3-1 against the spread in those five. K-State sits 10-8-2 against the spread on the season now, but 7-4 ATS on the road. K-State averages just 74.3 points per game on offense while holding opponents to 65.8 per game as well. On the road, the defense is giving up 70.1 per contest. Four different K-State players are putting up 12 points per game. D.J. Johnson is averaging 12 points and 6.3 rebounds to lead the team.
Both teams have comparable defenses, but the West Virginia offense is far superior. The Mountaineers have little problem scoring, especially at home. K-State has to work much harder for its points and I don’t think the Wildcats’ defense will be able to play well enough to keep WVU from starting a track meet today.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA -10