West Virginia vs. Kansas State Prediction: Picks & Betting Odds – Saturday, March 4, 2023
The No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (23-7, 11-6 Big 12) are 5-point underdogs as they look to continue a four-game win streak when they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers (17-13, 6-11 Big 12) on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at WVU Coliseum. The game airs at 2:00 PM ET on ESPN+. The matchup has an over/under of 149.
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Odds
- West Virginia odds to win: -219
- Kansas State odds to win: +180
- Spread: West Virginia (-5)
- Total: 149
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Morgantown, West Virginia
- Venue: WVU Coliseum
Who Will Win West Virginia vs. Kansas State?
West Virginia and Kansas State Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
West Virginia has a 7-4 record against the spread this season when favored by 5 points or more.
When it has played as at least a 5-point underdog this year, Kansas State is 3-1 against the spread.
The two teams average a combined 2.9 more points per game, 151.9, than this game’s over/under of 149 points.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 138.8 points per game, 10.2 fewer than the over/under in this matchup.
The average point total for West Virginia’s games this year is 1.9 fewer points than the total of 149 in this matchup.
Wildcats games this year have averaged an over/under of 143.6 points, 5.4 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
So far this season, the Mountaineers have put together a 15-15-0 record against the spread.
The Wildcats’ ATS record is 21-9-0 this season.
West Virginia Stats & Insights
West Virginia outscores opponents by 5.5 points per game (scoring 76.3 per game to rank 71st in college basketball while allowing 70.8 per outing to rank 203rd in college basketball) and has a +167 scoring differential overall.
West Virginia records 31.5 rebounds per game (197th in college basketball) while allowing 28.7 per contest to its opponents. It outrebounds opponents by 2.8 boards per game.
The Mountaineers make 7.3 three-pointers per game (197th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 6.4. They shoot 35.4% from deep while their opponents hit 33.9% from long range.
West Virginia ranks 76th in college basketball with 97.9 points scored per 100 possessions, and 160th in college basketball defensively with 90.8 points conceded per 100 possessions.
The Mountaineers are posting 78.8 points per game when playing at home. In road games, they are averaging 71.6 points per contest.
Kansas State Stats & Insights
Kansas State outscores opponents by 7.6 points per game (posting 75.6 points per game, 90th in college basketball, and allowing 68 per outing, 120th in college basketball) and has a +228 scoring differential.
Kansas State wins the rebound battle by 2.1 boards on average. It records 32.3 rebounds per game, 144th in college basketball, while its opponents grab 30.2.
Kansas State knocks down 7 three-pointers per game (222nd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 6.2. It shoots 34.2% from deep, and its opponents shoot 29.5%.
Kansas State averages 94.9 points per 100 possessions on offense (151st in college basketball), and concedes 85.4 points per 100 possessions (44th in college basketball).
The Wildcats score 75 points per game at home, and 76.3 on the road.
West Virginia Key Players to Watch
The Mountaineers scoring leader is Erik Stevenson, who averages 15.2 per contest to go with 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Jimmy Bell Jr. leads West Virginia in rebounding, averaging 5.4 per game, while Kedrian Johnson leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 3.2 in each contest.
The Mountaineers get the most three-point shooting production out of Stevenson, who knocks down 2.3 threes per game.
The West Virginia steals leader is Johnson, who averages 1.7 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is James Okonkwo, who compiles 0.7 rejections per contest.
Kansas State Key Players to Watch
Keyontae Johnson collects 17.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, making him the leading scorer and rebounder on the squad.
Markquis Nowell notches more assists than any other Kansas State teammate with 7.7 per game. He also scores 16.8 points and pulls down 3.5 rebounds per game.
Nowell is the top shooter from distance for the Wildcats, hitting 2.3 threes per game.
Kansas State’s leader in steals is Nowell (2.3 per game), and its leader in blocks is Nae’Qwan Tomlin (0.9 per game).
West Virginia vs. Kansas State Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Kansas State (+5)
- Pick OU:
West Virginia 75, Kansas State 71
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