Kansas State Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas State Wildcats vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas State (+16.5)
The West Virginia Mountaineers (16-6) host the Kansas State Wildcats (7-18) at WVU Coliseum on Saturday. West Virginia opens this matchup as 16.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 140.5.
Kansas State enters this contest with a record of 7-18 this season. The Wildcats are shooting 29.6% on shots from 3-point land (166 of 561) and 66.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 62.0 pts per game (336th in D-1) while hitting 41.4% from the field. They are turning it over 15.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Kansas State is snagging 32.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 328 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 55th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 329th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 350 conceded this season. The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.6% (633 of 1,357) and they surrender 32.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 37.7% on shots from downtown while they are 223rd in college basketball in points per game allowed (71.7).
The Kansas State Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Oklahoma Sooners and took home the win by a score of 62-57 in their last contest. Kansas State wrapped up the game having earned a 38.6% FG percentage (22 of 57) and buried 7 of 27 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Wildcats knocked down 11 of 13 attempts for a rate of 84.6%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 35 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 12 assists in the matchup while creating 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. With respect to defense, Kansas State allowed their opponent to shoot 39.3% from the field on 22 out of 56 shooting. Oklahoma doled out 8 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Oklahoma snagged 29 boards (9 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Oklahoma ended up going 64.3% from the free throw line by making 9 of 14 shots. They also buried 4 of their 20 attempts from distance.
Mike McGuirl is one player who was a factor for this contest. He recorded 19 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He played 38 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. McGuirl finished shooting 53.8% from the field and also earned 1 assist. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Wildcats was Davion Bradford. He grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 min on the court. He shot 85.7% from the floor in the matchup by going 6-of-7 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Bradford collected 1 assist.
West Virginia has a mark of 16-6 this season. West Virginia has totaled 1,708 pts so far this season (77.6 per contest) and they pull in 38.9 boards per contest. The Mountaineers commit 16.2 fouls per game while shooting 69.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Mountaineers are shooting 43.2% from the floor, which is 229th in the country. They are earning an assist 14.1 times per game (112th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per contest. The Mountaineers defensively are ranked 231st in the country in points per game surrendered with 72.1. They concede 14.0 assists and 35.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 251st and 194th in the country. The West Virginia defense gives up 32.7% on shots from distance (164 of 501) and opponents are connecting on 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (214th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home victorious with a score of 74-66 against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Mountaineers collected 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 33 in this matchup. They also gave up possession 9 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Horned Frogs were called for 23 fouls for the contest which took the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for a total of 33 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 57.6%. Regarding 3-point attempts, West Virginia knocked down 5 of their 21 attempts (23.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Mountaineers finished the game shooting 25 out of 57 from the floor which had them shooting 43.9%. The Mountaineers permitted the Horned Frogs to bury 24 of their 49 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.0% for the game. They shot 34.8% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 8 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%). When talking about how they rebounded, West Virginia permitted TCU to pull down 26 in all (3 offensive).
Derek Culver ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers in this game. He made 6 of 12 in this contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accumulated 14 rebounds. Culver accumulated 18 points in his 28 mins on the court and had 2 dimes for the matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for West Virginia was Miles McBride. He ended up finishing with 5 assists in 37 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 4 out of 12 from the floor. McBride wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the floor while also earning 11 points and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas State (+16.5)
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