Kansas Will Earn Big 12 Championship vs. West Virginia

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Willie Bee

Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:37 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 3:37 PM UTC

Chalk has been the way to play the NCAA basketball odds in the Big 12 Tournament, where Kansas and West Virginia meet in the title game on Saturday.

Kansas (26-7 SU, 17-14 ATS) vs. West Virginia (24-9 SU, 15-14 ATS)Free NCAAB Pick: KansasBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

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What it all boils down to in the Big 12 for the 2017-18 college basketball campaign is chalk. Whether or not it ends up being rock chalk is the only question still left to answer as the Kansas Jayhawks take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in tonight’s championship game.

Kansas and West Virginia had the best odds to win the conference tournament when everything began earlier this week, and the two teams followed through on that respect by advancing to the title tilt.

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Malik Newman picked up right where he left off last night and led the team again with 22 vs. K-State in the #Big12Hoops semifinal game #KUbball

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Will 3rd Time Be The Charm For WVU?

BetOnline closed Kansas -7 in Friday’s semifinals matchup against rival Kansas State, and after coming out a little slow the Jayhawks used an early 13-0 run to help fuel an eventual 83-67 victory. Bill Self’s squad also languished a bit early in the second half with about a 3½-minute drought and didn’t have to worry about the Wildcats’ top two scorers after Dean Wade sat with a foot injury he suffered in the quarterfinal win over TCU and Barry Brown missed all but the first minute due to an eye injury. Malik Newman led the Jayhawks with 22 points and combined with Svi Mykhailiuk to sink 9 of 16 shots from beyond the arc.

West Virginia had a much tougher time with Texas Tech in a contest that came down to the final possession before the Mountaineers secured a 66-63 decision. The Red Raiders held an early 7-point lead but couldn’t put WVU away and hurt themselves by missing 10 of 21 free throws. The final was just enough to send Mountaineers backers to the pay window laying 2½ on the NCAA basketball odds. It’s the third consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game for West Virginia as Bob Huggins looks for his first title since joining the league in 2012.

Rivalry Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

All 12 previous meetings between the schools have come since that realignment, Kansas holding an 8-4 advantage after winning the last three. The Jayhawks covered both victories this season, a 71-66 triumph at Morgantown in mid-January as the underdogs and 77-69 triumph in Lawrence a month later as small favorites. It’s the second time in three seasons KU and WVU have met in the conference championship, the Jayhawks doubling up a -5 spread to post a 71-61 result in the 2016 clash. Five of the last seven stayed ‘under’ the totals.

Kansas hasn’t missed Udoka Azubuike in the tourney so far, the 6-11 center sidelined with a knee injury, and I’m willing to go with the Jayhawks for my free NCAA basketball pick as the Mountaineers play conference runner-up once again.

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