West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS
Odds/Point Spread: West Virginia (+14.5)
Bramlage Coliseum is the venue where and the Kansas State Wildcats (5-10) will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (9-4) on Saturday. Kansas State opens this contest as 14.5-point favorites. The total opens at 153.5.
West Virginia steps onto the hardwood with a record of 9-4 this season. They turn it over 11.9 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 16.2 personal fouls per contest. As a team, West Virginia is pulling in 41.0 boards per game and has accounted for 176 dimes this season, which ranks 130th in the country in terms of passing. The Mountaineers are shooting 34.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (86 of 251) and 70.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.9 points per outing (114th in Division 1) while connecting on 41.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Mountaineers are forcing 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.2 personal fouls. The Mountaineers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 42.5% (334 of 786) and they concede 36.1 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 251st in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 175 surrendered for the season. They give up 29.1% from 3-point land and they are 169th in college basketball in points per game allowed (69.7).
The West Virginia Mountaineers faced the Texas Longhorns and took a loss by a score of 72-70 in their last contest. West Virginia walked away from the contest having earned a 38.7% FG percentage (24 of 62) and knocked down 9 out of their 25 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Mountaineers converted 13 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they earned 35 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 9 dimes for this game as well as earning 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. In reference to defense, West Virginia allowed the other team to go 38.7% from the floor on 24 out of 62 shooting. Texas doled out 9 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Longhorns collected 37 rebounds (11 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Texas finished the contest at 70.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of their 20 tries. They buried 4 of 19 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Taz Sherman is a player who came through for the matchup. He notched 17 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He played for 29 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds. Sherman shot 38.5% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in the game for the Mountaineers was Derek Culver. He totaled 16 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up going 37.5% from the field for the game by going 6-of-16 (14 points). Overall, Culver saw the court for 35 min.
Kansas State has a win-loss mark of 5-10 this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Wildcats are shooting 42.9% from the field, which ranks 245th in the country. Kansas State has scored 967 points for the year (64.5 per contest) and they grab 32.6 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.1 times per contest (136th in the country) and they are giving up possession 14.4 times per game. The Wildcats commit 17.2 personal fouls every game while shooting 66.4% from the charity stripe. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 231st in college basketball in PPG given up with 72.3. They have allowed 14.3 dimes and 31.9 boards per game, which is 257th and 59th in those categories on the defensive end. The Kansas State defense gives up 36.9% on 3-point attempts (123 of 333) and their opponents are knocking down 71.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (332nd in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Kansas State Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 76-50 against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats were able to corral 32 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 43 for this game. They also rejected 2 shots while getting 3 steals in this contest. The Sooners committed 10 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 6 attempts. They were able to make 3 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 50.0%. Concerning shooting from distance, Kansas State converted 3 of their 15 attempts (20.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Wildcats finished shooting 22 for 61 from the floor which had them at 36.1%. The Wildcats allowed the Sooners to knock down 29 of 63 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 46.0% for this game. They finished shooting 35.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 7 of 20 and ended up going 11 out of 21 from the charity stripe (52.4%). With respect to attacking the glass, Kansas State permitted Oklahoma to pull down 32 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Dajuan Gordon ended up being important for the Wildcats for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 14 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Gordon collected 6 boards in his 33 mins played and totaled 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that played a role for Kansas State was Selton Miguel. He racked up 11 points in 31 minutes played via 5 out of 10 shooting in this contest. Miguel ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while also earning 2 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take West Virginia (+14.5)
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