13th-ranked Kansas hosts 20th-ranked West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. The Mountaineers have been a little more consistent winning three of their last four.
After limited recent action, Allen comes off the bench and leads WVU to victory
West Virginia kept TCU’s misery going, beating them rather easily on Monday night in an 82-66 decision. The Mountaineers had their struggles earlier in conference play, but they’re one of the few legitimate teams left to win the Big 12 conference in the regular season. They had a double-digit lead at the halftime break and easily coasted to beat the eight-point favorite spread.
Scoring was balanced overall with four layers getting double figures in scoring. Overall, the team hit 50.8 percent of their shots, converted a very efficient 9-for-16 from the field, and hit 11-of-12 free throws. Teddy Allen came off the bench and led the team with 16 points on 8-for-13 shooting. That’s a far different output than putting up no points against both Oklahoma schools in 12 total minutes of action.
Azubuike’s efficient shooting helps Jayhawks fend off Cyclones
Kansas has suffered a few more losses than they’re used to, which means that their conference title streak is in jeopardy with Texas Tech rolling through right now. They’ll have a big meeting with them in a few games, but they were able to knock off a pesky Iowa State team 83-77 on Tuesday night. The Cyclones have been giant killers at home in a rebuild season, but they were swept by the Jayhawks this year.
The Jayhawks were able to grab a five-point lead at halftime and eventually pulled away late in the second half. They hit 48.4 percent of their shots, and while the ball movement wasn’t amazing, they still had a positive ratio of 14 assists to 7 turnovers. All five starters hit double figures in scoring, and Udoka Azubuike led the squad with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
West Virginia is:
- 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games against teams winning above 60%
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall
If the Mountaineers can pull this one off, that would deliver a huge blow to the Jayhawks’ regular season chances. At the very least, they’ve been much more successful against the spread as Kansas hasn’t landed one since beating their in-state rivals on January 29th.
Pick: West Virginia
Both teams average over 80 points per game on the season, but Kansas had a long streak of not reaching that point total lately. Three of their last five games have hit the under, and in their previous meeting, didn’t come close to the 157 point total. That all being said, the Jayhawks do thrive on offense better at home, so the over is quite attractive.
- Over is 5-2 in Jayhawks last 7 home games against teams with a road winning percentage greater than 60%
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings at Kansas