West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 1/15/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
The Kansas Jayhawks (13-2) will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (13-2) at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The West Virginia Mountaineers took the court against Oklahoma State and walked away with a win by a score of 70-60 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Mountaineers ended up walking away with 17 and Oklahoma State finished the game with 23 personal fouls. They also buried 5 of 19 tries from beyond the arc. Oklahoma State ended up shooting 60.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of their 15 attempts. In addition, Oklahoma State grabbed 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Oklahoma State doled out 10 assists and had 9 steals for the game. Pertaining to defending, West Virginia allowed the other team to go 39.7% from the floor on 23 out of 58 shooting. They also dished out 12 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and having 12 steals. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected a total of 34 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Mountaineers buried 21 of 22 tries for a rate of 95.5%. West Virginia wrapped up the game with a 37.3% field goal percentage (22 of 59) and knocked down 5 of 19 shots from downtown.
Jalen Bridges is someone who was important for the matchup. He scored 22 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and collected 5 boards. He ended up going 42.9% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist.
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West Virginia heads into this matchup with a mark of 13-2 so far this year. They are averaging 69.7 points per contest (243rd in the nation) on 44.0% from the floor. The Mountaineers are shooting 32.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (87 of 272) and 66.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, West Virginia is snagging 34.3 boards per contest and has accumulated 166 dimes on the year, which is 282nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per game and as a group are committing 15.3 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Mountaineers are forcing 17.4 turnovers per game and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They are 203rd in college hoops in allowing assists with 189 surrendered for the season. The Mountaineers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.5% (344 of 828) and they relinquish 35.2 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 30.2% on 3-pointers while they are 28th in college hoops in PPG allowed (61.3).
For their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 62-61 when they faced Iowa State. The Jayhawks were able to corral 20 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 29 for this contest. They also coughed it up 16 times, while earning 4 steals in this contest. Iowa State was called for 15 fouls for the matchup which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. In terms of shots from distance, Kansas knocked down 6 of their 20 tries (30.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Jayhawks ended up going 21 for 48 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.8%. The Jayhawks permitted Iowa State to knock down 24 of 59 tries from the floor which had them at 40.7% in this matchup. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by going 6 of 18 and finished the game at 7 of 11 at the free throw line (63.6%). In relation to rebounding, Kansas allowed Iowa State to grab 26 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Ochai Agbaji ended up having an impact for the Jayhawks in the game. He racked up 22 points in his 39 mins on the court, but didn't get an assist. He made 8 of 15 in this contest giving him a rate of 53.3%, and accounted for 7 rebounds.
Kansas has a win-loss mark of 13-2 on the season. The Jayhawks have committed 15.6 personal fouls per contest and they hit 70.9% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 16.3 times per game (37th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.5 times per contest. Kansas has accounted for 1,225 points so far this season (81.7 per game) and they snag 35.6 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jayhawks are hitting on 50.1% from the floor, which ranks 6th in college basketball.
The Kansas defense surrenders 31.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (98 of 309) and their opponents are connecting on 70.1% of their foul shots. They surrender 11.3 dimes and 30.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 92nd and 23rd in the country. The Jayhawks on defense are ranked 132nd in the country in PPG given up with 66.8. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.0% from the floor (212th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas
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