Mountaineers Live Dogs in Big 12 Clash with the Jayhawks

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:07 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 4:07 PM UTC

It's a clash of top 20 teams as the West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Kansas to take on the No. 13 Jayhawks. Let's check out the college basketball odds and see which team is poised to cover the number and win us the cash!

West Virginia (19-7 SU, 11-11 ATS) vs Kansas (20-6 SU, 12-12 ATS)

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Free College Basketball Pick: West Virginia +3 ½Best Line Offered: at JustBet

* Kansas is 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

* Kansas is 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games.

* Kansas is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a home favorite of 0.5-6.5.

* West Virginia is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog.

* West Virginia is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games as a road underdog.

* West Virginia is 2-1 versus Kansas over their last three meetings.

Many will size this matchup in terms of their last meeting just a month ago when the Jayhawks traveled to West Virginia and pulled out a 71-66 win as five-point road dogs. However, the Mountaineers are 3-1 straight up and ATS over their last three, with the only hiccup being an 88-85 home loss to Oklahoma State in which they threw defense to the wind and wound up losing as 12-point home chalk. Conversely, the Jayhawks have split their last four outings but have failed to cover the college basketball odds in each and every one of those contests. Coincidentally, one of those losses came at the hands of Oklahoma State as where they too were upset as 12-point home favorites.

So now we see these two Big 12 powers clashing in Kansas this evening and although the Jayhawks have a big play guard in DeVonte Graham, the Mountaineers have their own playmaker and scoring leader in senior Jevon Carter. Both teams score just about the same with both teams averaging about 81 points per game but the Mountaineers have been better on defense, surrendering 68 points per game versus nearly 71 for Kansas.

The bottom line is that these two conference foes are close both in talent and in depth. And while the Jayhawks will enjoy home court advantage, their recent performances have not been as impressive as West Virginia's. Lastly, the Mountaineers have a big advantage on the boards which should manifest into more offensive possessions and ultimately more points on the scoreboard. Grab the 3 ½ point head start that online sportsbooks like JustBet are offering in your college basketball picks and watch West Virginia get the win and the cover tonight.

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