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West Virginia Has Had Their Way With Kansas State

The loaded Big 12 continues conference play Monday with a marquee matchup, as the West Virginia Mountaineers visit the Kansas State Wildcats. Picking up road wins is not an easy task in the Big 12 but West Virginia has had K-State’s number, winning seven of the past eight against their conference rivals.

Shark Bites
  • West Virginia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of the last 12 games between West Virginia and Kansas State.
  • West Virginia and Kansas State combined for just 101 points in their most recent meeting.

Since losing their season opener – a game held across the globe in Germany – West Virginia is a perfect 12-0 SU, which includes five victories away from Morgantown. The squad has one of the best scoring differentials in the country thanks to their depth of offense and vaunted Press Virginia defense. Of course, the team still runs through senior guard Jevon Carter, who paces West Virginia in points, assists, steals and shots.

Though overlooked in the Big 12, Kansas State is still 11-2 SU while carrying a perfect 7-0 mark in Manhattan. Much like WVU, K-State plays great defense but its offense is not nearly as deep. The Wildcats rely heavily on the trio of Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade, who average nearly 60 percent of the team’s offense.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kansas State Wildcats were listed as 3-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the OVER/UNDER betting odds total was expected shortly.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas State Wildcats sit at 11-2 (3-7 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the West Virginia Mountaineers are currently 12-1 (4-6 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Kansas State is 5-5 OU, and West Virginia is 6-5 OU.

The Wildcats-Mountaineers odds would favor the Mountaineers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas State is rated No. 63 in the current OddsShark poll, while West Virginia is at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kansas State's No. 94-ranked offense, averaging 77.85 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 32 at 64.62 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 48.92% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.24% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

West Virginia got 15 points from Teddy Allen en route to a 85-79 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Wildcats used a 34-point performance from Dean Wade to help Kansas State smack Iowa State 91-75 on Friday at Hilton Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • West Virginia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • West Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia's last 6 games on the road
  • Kansas State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Kansas State is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • Kansas State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia
  • Kansas State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing West Virginia

Next Betting Matchups

West Virginia home to Oklahoma, Saturday, January 6
Kansas State at Texas Tech, Saturday, January 6