West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 2/25/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
The Kansas Jayhawks (23-5) are welcoming the West Virginia Mountaineers (16-12) at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The West Virginia Mountaineers faced off with Oklahoma State and took home the win by a score of 85-67 in their last game. Concerning personal fouls, the Mountaineers finished with 23 and Oklahoma State finished the game with 24 personal fouls. They converted 2 out of their 19 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Oklahoma State went 73.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 25 of their 34 shots. On top of that, Oklahoma State grabbed 34 rebounds (11 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't have a block. Oklahoma State earned 7 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. Concerning the defense, West Virginia let their opponent shoot 38.5% from the floor on 20 out of 52 shooting. They also doled out 12 assists in this contest as well as forcing 17 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In terms of rebounding, they collected 33 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Mountaineers knocked down 20 of 25 tries for a rate of 80.0%. West Virginia ended with a 43.9% field goal percentage (29 out of 66) and converted 7 of their 17 shots from downtown.
Erik Stevenson is a guy who came through for this game. He accounted for 23 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He played for 32 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. He shot 53.3% from the field and also dished out 1 assist.
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West Virginia steps onto the hardwood with a record of 16-12 this year. They are losing possession via turnover 12.8 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.0 fouls every game. As a unit, West Virginia is grabbing 34.1 boards per game and has 375 assists this year, which has them ranked 166th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Mountaineers are connecting on 35.7% on three-point attempts (205 of 574) and 72.9% from the free throw line. They average 76.6 pts per contest (64th in college hoops) on 45.4% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Mountaineers are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers every game and they draw 21.8 personal fouls. They are 119th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 334 surrendered on the season. The Mountaineers are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.4% (676 of 1,524) and they surrender 31.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They concede 33.1% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 206th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Kansas Jayhawks went home victorious with a score of 63-58 against TCU. The Jayhawks were able to collect 31 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 40 for the contest. They also coughed it up 10 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. TCU was called for 14 personal fouls for this game which got the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 12 tries. They were able to make 8 of the free throws for a clip of 66.7%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Kansas made 3 of their 16 tries (18.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Jayhawks finished shooting 26 for 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 39.4%. The Jayhawks allowed TCU to convert 20 out of 66 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 30.3% for this game. They wrapped up this game 27.8% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 18 and ended up going 13 out of 21 at the charity stripe (61.9%). In reference to attacking the glass, Kansas allowed TCU to snag 39 in total (12 offensive).
Gradey Dick ended up being important for the Jayhawks for this contest. He had 19 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes in this matchup. He made 7 out of 18 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and added 6 rebounds.
Kansas has a record of 23-5 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Jayhawks are connecting on 46.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 63rd in the nation. Kansas has totaled 2,141 points for the season (76.5 per contest) and they pull in 36.9 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 17.3 times per contest (8th in D-1) and they cough up possession 12.2 times per contest. The Jayhawks are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 72.6% from the free throw line.
The Jayhawks on the defensive side of the court are 123rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 68.0. They have forced 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the floor (49th in D-1). The Kansas defense surrenders 32.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (189 of 589) and their opponents are connecting on 71.7% of their free throw shots. They give up 10.9 assists and 34.7 boards every game, which is 50th and 225th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take West Virginia
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