NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas vs. West Virginia

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 7, 2014 6:51 PM GMT

The West Virginia Mountaineers will lack the necessary motivation to knock off the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, as the two teams prepare to meet at the WVU Coliseum. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference affair, with the opening tip scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Chasing a No. 1 seed

Kansas will likely need to win out in hopes of securing one of the four No. 1 seeds in the upcoming 2014 NCAA Tournament, as it enters with a 23-7 SU and 15-14-1 ATS record this season.

The Jayhawks have already secured their 10th consecutive Big 12 regular season title, while they come off a 82-57 blowout victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 14-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds on Wednesday.

Fallen flat

West Virginia has fallen flat since mid-February, as it has gone 1-4 SUATS over its last five games.

The Mountaineers return home after suffering a 72-62 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners as 8.5-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  

It’s still important to consider that the program has compiled a 24-15 SU record in March under head coach Bob Huggins.

Powerful

College basketball handicappers will run to the betting window to back the Jayhawks as road favorites in this spot, as they’ve outrebounded 26 of 30 opponents—leading directly to a +10.4 scoring margin during the 2013-14 campaign.

Kansas leads the Big 12 and ranks in the top-five nationally in shooting 49.8 percent from the field.

The Jayhawks knocked down 28 of 51 shots and grabbed nine more rebounds than the Mountaineers in a 83-69 victory as 13-point home favorites in the first meeting.

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Staten his case

Mountaineers junior guard Juwan Staten would receive a lot more national attention if his team was in the Big 12 race, as he’s scored 14 or more points in 22 consecutive games.

Staten will need to play a remarkable game to spring the upset, which would provide Huggins his first career win in eight tries against the Jayhawks.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at backing the Jayhawks as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 conference games.

Pick: Kansas Jayhawks