Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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The Kansas Jayhawks travel to WVU Coliseum to play the West Virginia Mountaineers on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The opening line for this game has West Virginia as 2.5 point favorites.
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The Jayhawks come into this game with an overall record of 18-1 and a road record of 4-0. They are 6-11 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-9. The Mountaineers have an overall record of 15-4 and a home record of 10-1. They have an over/under record of 9-5 and they are 7-7 against the spread.
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Frank Mason comes into this contest averaging 20.1 points per game while playing 35 minutes per night so far this season for the Jayhawks. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Josh Jackson averages 15.1 points per game in 28.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.1 assists per contest and 6.7 rebounds per game for Kansas. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 56%.
Jevon Carter averages 12 points per game while playing 29.2 minutes per contest this year for the Mountaineers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. Esa Ahmad averages 11.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 23.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 64%.
Kansas averages 85.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 11th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 15.2 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 42% which is good for 4th in the country. They average 40.7 rebounds per game and 17.5 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 128th with 12.8 per game. The Jayhawks allow 70.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 118th in the nation. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 43rd and 183rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.1 rebounds a game which ranks 98th and they give up 12.2 assists per contest which puts them in 82nd place in the country. They force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 158th in Division 1.
West Virginia averages 88.3 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 23.6 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 31st spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 149th in the nation. They average 38 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per contest which ranks them 73rd and 7th respectively. In the turnover department the Mountaineers rank 45th with 11.7 per game. The Mountaineers allow 64.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 32nd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 97th and 64th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 34.8 rebounds a game which ranks 130th and they give up 11.9 assists per contest which puts them in 68th place in the nation. The Mountaineers force 23.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in college basketball.
The Jayhawks average 80.8 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 80.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 9.6 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 7.7 per contest. The Jayhawks have an offensive rating of 117.4 and they assist on 55.9% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 72.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 57%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Kansas turns the ball over an average of 15.1 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 54.4% while their offensive rebound percentage is 35.7%. The Jayhawks give up 71.2 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 73 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Mountaineers score 94.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 78.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -1.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 31.3 points per game. The Mountaineers have a rating on offense of 118.3 and 56.6% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 73.6 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. West Virginia turns it over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 16.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.2% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 40.5%. The Mountaineers give up 63.1 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 80 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Trends
The Kansas Jayhawks are 6-11 against the spread
The Kansas Jayhawks are 8-9 against the over/under
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 7-7 against the spread
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 9-5 against the over/under
Kansas Jayhawks Injuries
12/21/16 C Udoka Azubuike Wrist out for season
01/03/17 C Evan Maxwell Personal has left team
West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take West Virginia -2.5
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