West Virginia vs Kansas Big 12 Championship Free Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/11/2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
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The West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Sprint Center to play the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The opening line for this game has Kansas as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 144.5.
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The Mountaineers come into this game with an overall record of 24-7 and a road record of 7-4. They are 19-10 against the spread and their over/under record is 12-15. The Jayhawks have an overall record of 27-4 and a home record of 16-0. They have an over/under record of 11-17 and they are 20-10 against the spread.
Jaysean Paige comes into this contest averaging 14.2 points per game while playing 22.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Mountaineers. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 78%. Devin Williams averages 12.9 points per game in 25 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 9.2 rebounds per game for West Virginia. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Perry Ellis averages 16.6 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per contest this year for the Jayhawks. He grabs 6 rebounds per game and has 1.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage currently is at 77%. Frank Mason averages 13.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 4.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 74%.
West Virginia averages 79.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 25th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 13.6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 89th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 253rd in the country. They average 39.7 rebounds per game and 14.9 assists per game which ranks them 29th and 67th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 287th with 13.8 per game. The Mountaineers allow 66.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 41st in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 95th and 40th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 30.9 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 10.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the country. They force 18 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the Division 1.
Kansas averages 80.6 points per game this year which ranks them 20th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 13.1 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team which has them sitting in the 8th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 42% which is good for 3rd in the nation. They average 37.5 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per contest which ranks them 89th and 45th respectively. In the turnover department the Jayhawks rank 116th with 12 per game. The Jayhawks allow 67.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 65th in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 24th and 124th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 33.1 rebounds a game which ranks 59th and they give up 11.2 assists per contest which puts them in 42nd place in the nation. The Jayhawks force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 129th in college basketball.
The Mountaineers average 76.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 81.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 5.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 17.7 per contest. The Mountaineers have an offensive rating of 111.9 and they assist on 54.3% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 70.7 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. West Virginia turns the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 13.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 56.2% while their offensive rebound percentage is 42.1%. The Mountaineers give up 70.8 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 64 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Jayhawks score 86.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 85.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 19.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 18.8 points per game. The Jayhawks have a rating on offense of 116.5 and 55.2% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.3 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 57%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Kansas turns it over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 9.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.5% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 32.9%. The Jayhawks give up 67.6 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 65.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 19-10 against the spread
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 12-15 against the over/under
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Trends
The Kansas Jayhawks are 20-10 against the spread
The Kansas Jayhawks are 11-17 against the over/under
West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
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Kansas Jayhawks Injuries
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