Big 12 Championship Total Prediction
Is the betting total for Saturday evening's matchup between West Virginia and Kansas set too high?
(531) West Virginia vs. (532) Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, March 10, 2018
TV: ESPN, 6:00 p.m. ET
Who Oddsmakers Like: West Virginia. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Mountaineers are 1.5-point favorites to knock off the Jayhawks, who opened as 1-point favorites. The total, meanwhile, sits at 150 after hitting the board at 155.
Who Public Bettors Like: Kansas. As of this writing, 61% of betting tickets are on the Jayhawks to cover the point spread this afternoon. Meanwhile, 67% of the betting tickets wagered online are on the under.
Who We Like: Drew Sharper has the side covered for this game but I want to focus on the total. Kansas outlasted a shorthanded Kansas State team in the semi-finals but the Jayhawks will be tested greatly by West Virginia's smothering defense. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams and it has cashed in five of Kansas' last seven games when facing an opponent with a winning record. The same can be said on the other side, as the under is 5-2 in the Mountaineers' last seven games versus a team with a winning record. Conference tournament games tend to be played at a slower pace, which provides under bettors with value.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA/KANSAS UNDER 150