West Virginia Mountaineers (8-6) vs Kansas State Wildcats (10-4)Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Bramlage Coliseum
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas State Wildcats are set to return home to Bramlage Coliseum after playing on the road this past weekend and they will play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. West Virginia is growing through some growing pains and sit towards the bottom of the conference while Kansas State is dealing with injuries but should be a threat when everyone is good to go.
West Virginia Mountaineers's Latest Performance :
West Virginia has been a consistent contender in the Bob Huggins era as they have made 4th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances but things aren’t looking as good for the Mountaineers in the 2018-2019 season as their youth and inexperience has kicked in. The Mountaineers have yet been able to record their 1st conference win of the season as they fell to 0-2 after losing on the road to the Texas Longhorns this past weekend. Freshmen forward Derek Culver has started to play more of a role in the absence of Sagaba Konate and we saw him put together a good outing against the Longhorns as he dropped 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss. Culver is one of Huggins prized recruits and he has played on that level this season as he enters this game averaging 11 PPG and 7.3 RPG. Junior guard James Bolden has been a scorer for Huggins and company during his tenure and he was able to pitch in 13 points off the bench which is slightly above his season average of 11.4 PPG. Senior forward Esa Ahmad has been the go-to scorer this season as he averages 13.4 PPG but he was unable to reach that mark against the Longhorns as he dropped 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Mountaineers are hoping they get back the services of their top player in Sagaba Konate as he isn’t only a threat on the offensive end with 13.6 PPG but also on the defensive end where he averages 2.8 BPG.
Kansas State Wildcats's Latest Performance :
The Kansas State Wildcats made their presence felt last year when they made it all the way to the Elite 8 and things were looking like it would repeat this season as they returned all their production but things haven’t gone as plans early on in 2018 as they have started off 0-2 in conference play. The Wildcats fell just short of an upset in their latest game as they went on the road to the 8th ranked Texas Tech Raiders and lost 63-57. Leading the way for the Wildcats was their senior guard Barry Brown as he was able to drop 16 points, Brown has been the most productive player for the Wildcats over his tenure and this year is no different as he leads the team with 13.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG. Junior forward Makol Mawien was also able to put together a nice performance against the Red Raiders as he recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mawien has been a hit or miss player for Kansas State as he enters this matchup averaging 7.6 PPG and 4.7 RPG on the season but he has the ability to impact games. Two of the top scorers for the Wildcats were unable to find much wiggle room in this game as Xavier Sneed (10.7 PPG) was only able to drop 5 points while Kamau Stokes (10.8 PPG) dropped 7 points. The Wildcats miss the presence of senior forward Dean Wade who has been out with an injury as he was averaging 13.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG in the 9 games he appeared in.
How West Virginia Mountaineers & Kansas State Wildcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
West Virginia is 4-9-1 ATS, 1-0 ATS on the road.
Kansas State is 6-8 ATS, 1-6 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
West Virginia ranks 130th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 76.1 PPG while Kansas State ranks 330th as they score an average of 65.2 PPG.
Kansas State ranks 6th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 58.9 PPG while West Virginia ranks 190th as they hold opponents to an average of 71.6 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Kansas State Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
Both teams have been disappointments in the early going of the 2018-2019 season but the Wildcats have shown me a little more to back them in this situation as they have a stellar defense. We saw the Mountaineers go up against good defenses in their last 2 meetings and they failed to reach the 60 point mark which falls right in the hands of what Kansas State likes to do. The Mountaineers don’t have the guard play they once did and the Wildcats have a senior-led backcourt who have played in the Big 12 for years. Kansas State guards should find no trouble in scoring the basketball on offense and we should see their defense cause havoc on the Mountaineers who already struggle to score as it is. Take the Wildcats at home to get their 1st conference win.
Betting trends for West Virginia Mountaineers:
- West Virginia is 1-3-1 ATS after a loss this season.
Betting trends for Kansas State Wildcats:
- Kansas State is 23-17-2 ATS in Big 12 games since 2016.