West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: West Virginia (+3)
Allen Fieldhouse is the venue where and the Kansas Jayhawks (7-1) will play the West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) on Tuesday. The spread on this game has Kansas as 3-point favorites. The O/U opens at 140.
West Virginia will play this contest with a record of 7-1 so far this year. They have an average of 76.0 points per outing (125th in Division 1) while shooting 42.0% from the floor. The Mountaineers are shooting 32.8% on three-point shots (44 of 134) and 71.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, West Virginia is snagging 40.9 boards per game and is sitting with 113 assists for the season, which is 52nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 16.0 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Mountaineers are able to force 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.6 fouls. They rank 274th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 104 conceded for the campaign. The Mountaineers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 42.1% (204 of 484) and they concede 34.6 boards per contest as a squad. They are giving up 27.2% from 3-point land while they are 142nd in college basketball in opponents points per game (68.1).
The West Virginia Mountaineers faced off with the Iowa State Cyclones and notched a win by a score of 70-65 in their last game. West Virginia finished having earned a 38.2% field goal percentage (21 of 55) and made 3 out of their 14 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Mountaineers knocked down 25 of their 37 shots for a percentage of 67.6%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected 35 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 11 assists for the game as well as earning 8 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of the defense, West Virginia let their opponent shoot 38.2% from the floor on 21 of 55. Iowa State totaled 11 assists and 9 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Cyclones pulled down 30 rebounds (6 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Iowa State walked away from this one shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by making 6 of 9 shots. They knocked down 7 of 21 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Miles McBride is one player who had an impact in this game. He walked away with 18 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and also grabbed 6 boards. McBride ended up going 35.7% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of action in this contest for the Mountaineers was Derek Culver. He collected 12 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up going 70.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 7-of-10 (18 points). When the game finished, Culver played for 27 minutes.
Kansas has a record of 7-1 so far this year. As an offensive unit, the Jayhawks are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 211th in college basketball. Kansas has totaled 629 points for the year (78.6 per game) and they pull in 43.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 13.5 times per game (177th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.3 times per game. The Jayhawks have committed 15.9 personal fouls per contest and they go 72.2% from the charity stripe. The Jayhawks on defense are ranked 109th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 66.3. They surrender 10.0 dimes and 33.1 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 37th and 99th in college hoops. The Kansas defense surrenders 29.5% on 3-pointers (56 of 190) and their opponents are making 67.2% of their foul shots. They have forced 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the floor (67th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 58-57 when they played the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Jayhawks corralled 33 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for this game. They blocked 3 shots while getting 3 steals for this game. The Red Raiders earned 14 fouls for this contest which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Kansas converted 6 of their 18 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Jayhawks ended up shooting 19 out of 47 from the field which had them shooting 40.4%. The Jayhawks permitted the Red Raiders to bury 20 out of 62 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 32.3% in this contest. They went 26.1% from distance by hitting 6 of 23 and finished the contest at 11 of 18 at the free throw line (61.1%). When talking about how they rebounded, Kansas allowed Texas Tech to get 29 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Marcus Garrett ended up being a major contributor for the Jayhawks for the matchup. He buried 3 out of 10 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 30.0%, which gave him 10 points. Garrett totaled 10 boards in his 35 minutes and earned 4 dimes in this game. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for Kansas was Ochai Agbaji. He scored 23 points in his 34 minutes on the court by going 8 out of 11 shooting in this game. Agbaji ended up shooting 72.7% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Kansas (-3) and under 140 points
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