NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas State vs. West Virginia

Joe Freda

Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:50 PM GMT

The West Virginia Mountaineers picked up an 85-80 overtime victory in last December’s matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats, collecting as 4 ½-point road dogs. Should we back them as our free pick?

Saturday Hoops: No. 18 Kansas State visits WVU

Saturday afternoon’s basketball betting has the foes clashing again in Morgantown, where WVU is 0-4 ATS in its first four home dates. Will the Mountaineers end the skid in this spot or will K-State get some revenge?

Wildcats, McGruder surge past Oklahoma State

Kansas State notched a fifth straight victory in last Saturday’s 73-67 triumph over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, cashing as 3 ½-point home ‘chalk.’ The Wildcats shot 45 percent from the floor, outscoring the Cowboys in the second half, 43-35.

Wildcats forward Rodney McGruder drained 5-of-9 shots from three-point land, finishing with a season-high 28 points. Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez logged eight of his squad’s 19 assists, while he and McGruder recorded two steals each.

The battle’s combined 140 points leaped OVER the ‘total’ of 125, with Kansas State sinking 12-of-17 free throws. Wildcats sophomore Thomas Gibson grabbed a team-high six boards, leading his side in outrebounding Oklahoma State, 35-27.

WVU, Murray edge out Texas in O.T.

West Virginia was held to 30.6 percent field shooting in Wednesday’s 57-53 overtime victory against the Texas Longhorns, collecting as a 4 ½-point road dog. Mountaineers guard Gary Browne drilled two late free throws, giving WVU a 54-52 lead, while notching a team-high three assists.

West Virginia’s Aaric Murray finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, logging a second double-double in five games. The junior added four of his side’s 11 steals, while uniting with forward Kevin Noreen for one block each.

The tight affair’s combined 110 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 127 ½, moving the UNDER to 2-0 in the Mountaineers’ pair of Big 12 Conference contests. West Virginia edged the Longhorns in boards, 42-37, while helped by Texas’ 11-for-25 night at the foul line.

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Back the Mountaineers at home

5Dimes.eu opened this 1:30 p.m. (ET) matchup as a pick’em, while early wagers on Kansas State shifted the Wildcats to be 1 ½-point road favorites. Both squads return to action on Wednesday, with K-State visiting the TCU Horned Frogs and WVU traveling to face Iowa State.

I am adding a ticket on West Virginia for Saturday’s sports picks card, taking the short number at home. Kansas State visits with a 0-5 ATS mark in its last five road games, held to 35.7 percent field shooting in last month’s visit against the George Washington Colonials.

West Virginia’s triumph at Texas capped off a run of holding foes to 62.2 PPG in its last four contests. Mountaineers center Aaric Murray ranks in the Big 12’s top five for blocks (1.6 BPG), while WVU is among the conference’s top five squads in boards (39.4 RPG) and steals (7.6 SPG).

Kansas State has a 5-14 spread record in its last 19 games against foes with winning records, while going 2-6 ATS in its last eight spots that followed a victory. Look for the Wildcats’ winning streak to end in Morgantown, with WVU picking up its first cashed ticket at home.

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