Kansas Jayhawks vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas (+1)
WVU Coliseum is the venue where and the West Virginia Mountaineers (12-5) will play the Kansas Jayhawks (12-6) on Saturday. The spread on this game has West Virginia as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 142.
Kansas steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 12-6 this season. They turn it over 12.3 times per contest and as a unit they commit 15.7 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Kansas is grabbing 37.9 boards per game and has earned 250 assists for the year, which ranks 66th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Jayhawks are connecting on 35.2% from downtown (142 of 403) and 71.7% from the free throw line. They average 73.6 points per outing (139th in Division 1) while going 44.0% from the field. When they are on defense, the Jayhawks have forced 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.4 fouls. The Jayhawks defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.7% (438 of 1,051) and they concede 33.6 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 206th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 205 relinquished so far this year. They are surrendering 34.8% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 97th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.3).
The Kansas Jayhawks stepped onto the hardwood against the Kansas State Wildcats and notched a win by a score of 74-51 in their last contest. Kansas walked away from the game having earned a 43.3% FG percentage (29 out of 67) and made 9 of their 29 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Jayhawks buried 7 of 8 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 41 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 17 assists for this game while earning 6 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defense, Kansas allowed the other team to go 43.3% from the floor on 29 out of 67 shooting. Kansas State recorded 9 dimes and had 2 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Wildcats pulled down 33 rebounds (8 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Kansas State shot 71.4% from the free throw line by making 10 of 14 shots. They also converted 5 of 21 shots from distance.
Christian Braun is a player who was a major factor in this game. He accounted for 18 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played for 31 minutes and totaled 4 rebounds. Braun shot 54.5% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Jayhawks was David McCormack. He had 10 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 64.3% from the field for the matchup by shooting 9-of-14 (18 points). When all was said and done, McCormack was on the court for 24 minutes.
West Virginia has a mark of 12-5 this year. West Virginia has 1,287 points for the campaign (75.7 per game) and they grab 39.6 rebounds per contest. The Mountaineers commit 16.4 fouls per game and they shoot 70.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Mountaineers are hitting on 42.5% from the field, which is 267th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 13.9 times per game (131st in Division 1) and they cough up possession 12.1 times per game. The Mountaineers on the defensive end are ranked 187th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 70.4. The West Virginia defense gives up 31.0% on three-point shots (119 of 384) and opponents are converting on 69.4% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.6 dimes and 35.8 boards per contest, which ranks 220th and 209th in Division 1. They have forced 14.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the field (180th in college hoops).
In their last game, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home victorious with a score of 76-72 when they played the Iowa State Cyclones. The Mountaineers pulled down 29 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the game. They also rejected 2 shots while getting 12 steals for the contest. The Cyclones were called for 21 fouls for the game which got the Mountaineers to the free throw line for 24 shots. They were able to make 17 of those for a percentage of 70.8%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, West Virginia knocked down 7 of 19 attempts (36.8%). Overall, the Mountaineers went 26 for 60 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.3%. The Mountaineers allowed the Cyclones to knock down 28 out of their 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.4% in the matchup. They went 42.9% from three-point range by connecting on 9 of 21 and ended up going 7 of 12 from the free throw line (58.3%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, West Virginia permitted Iowa State to pull down 30 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Taz Sherman was important for the Mountaineers for the game. He buried 5 of 7 in this contest for a field goal rate of 71.4%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Sherman grabbed 3 rebounds in his 27 minutes played and had 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for West Virginia was Derek Culver. He accumulated 13 points in his 21 minutes played via 5 out of 11 from the floor for the game. Culver ended the game having shot 45.5% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 12 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas (+1)
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