Wildcats vs. Mountaineers Prediction
The 18th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats had their four-game winning streak snapped Saturday to tighten up the Big 12 Conference race. Can KSU bounce back tonight with a win at the West Virginia Mountaineers?
Monday, February 18, 2019
WVU Coliseum at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wildcats are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 133 points. As of Monday morning, 69 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Kansas State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Wildcats unable to hang with Cyclones
Kansas State suffered a 78-64 defeat Saturday at home versus Iowa State to drop to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the Big 12. The Wildcats trailed 38-31 at halftime and fell behind further after the break. Kansas State shot 21-of-50 from the floor, 5-of-19 from 3-point range and 17-of-24 at the free throw line. Barry Brown Jr. paced the Wildcats with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point distance. He also pulled down five rebounds. Makol Mawien added 10 points plus seven boards and two blocked shots. Dean Wade left with a foot injury and is questionable for tonight's game.
Mountaineers blown out at Jayhawks
West Virginia lost 78-53 at Kansas on Saturday to fall to 10-15 overall and 2-10 in conference play. The Mountaineers trailed 43-16 at halftime and were unable to recover after the break. West Virginia shot 20-of-59 from the floor, 3-of-23 from 3-point range and 10-of-15 at the free throw line. Lamont West led the Mountaineers with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also notched five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Chase Harler added 11 points and two rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 8-1 ATS in their last nine Big 12 games. Kansas State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last six Big 12 games. West Virginia is 7-18-1 ATS in its last 26 games overall.
The Mountaineers have been blown out three games in a row, but with Wade potentially out for KSU and some solid home performances earlier this season I think the hosts keep this one closer than projected. A few blowout losses can test your resolve and I think WVU will come out here poised for a strong showing. The Wildcats are not the strongest of offensive teams and on the road that could come back to bit them, especially if undermanned
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS +6.5