The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (20-3, 9-1 Big 12) visit WVU Coliseum to challenge the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers (18-5, 6-4 Big 12). The Jayhawks will attempt to extend their eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
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The Jayhawks beat the TCU Horned Frogs in their last matchup, 60-46. Udoka Azubuike was Kansas’ leading scorer with 20 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Kansas dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.138 (below their season average of 0.236) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.9 (above their season average of 32.0). For those same stats, TCU was 0.056 and 23.1, respectively.
In the Mountaineers’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Oklahoma Sooners, 69-59. With 12 points and nine rebounds, West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe played well. Oklahoma did a fantastic job of making free throws (18-21; 85.7 percent). West Virginia, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 12.2 (better than their season average of 17.4).
Points could be at a premium in this showdown between two of the country’s best defenses. West Virginia currently ranks fourth in defensive efficiency (88.1) and Kansas is sixth (88.3).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Jayhawks won 60-53. The Jayhawks played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.404 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.436. For those same stats, the Mountaineers recorded marks of 0.203 and 0.347, respectively. In the loss, Tshiebwe had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Under
The Jayhawks rank 18th in blocks per game (5.1) while the Mountaineers rank 84th (3.7).
West Virginia ranks fifth in rebounds per game (41.6) while Kansas ranks 51st in rebounds allowed per game (32.2).
West Virginia ranks 107th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8) while Kansas ranks 253rd (25.0).
The Jayhawks average 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 47th in the nation. The Mountaineers rank 186th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
West Virginia ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (9.5) while Kansas ranks 79th (11.5).
The Mountaineers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, down from 11.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (5.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.4 points per game (0.9 below their season average).