Looking to win big? The Mountaineers and Wildcats face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN2. The Wildcats are hosting the game at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. The over/under for this game is set at 142.5 points, and Kansas State is favored by -9.5 vs. West Virginia in a Big 12 conference matchup.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS VS KANSAS STATE WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +9.5

This game will be played at Bramlage Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Monday, February 26th.

WHY BET THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Even though we have Kansas State winning straight-up, we like West Virginia at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can West Virginia Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

West Virginia comes into this game as a +9.5 underdog, and they have gone 4-15 as the underdog this season. They are 9-18 overall and have gone 4-10 in Big 12 play.

On the road, the Mountaineers have gone 0-8 this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -15.8 points per game. Their losing streak on the road is at eight games, and they have gone 0-10 in their last 10 road games.

West Virginia has struggled against the spread this season, going just 11-16. Their road ATS record is 2-6 and they have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games. However, they have been better vs. the spread as the underdog, going 7-12.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is similar to the average over/under line in West Virginia’s games this season (142.2). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-1-1.

In their most recent game, the West Virginia offense put up just 64 points vs. the Iowa State Cyclones. Overall, they are now averaging 68.6 points per game which is 362nd in the country. Quinn Slazinski is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 12.9. Meanwhile, Raequan Battle also brings a PPG average of 16.2 into the game.

The Mountaineers’ defense is presently ranked 241st nationally, allowing an average of 74.4 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Iowa State, the Cyclones finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 71 points vs. West Virginia.

Does Kansas State Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

As the favored team, Kansas State will look to improve their record to 13-4 at home this season. So far, they have an average scoring margin of +5.6 at home, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, Kansas State has a record of 16-11, and they have gone 6-8 in Big 12 play. In their last game, they defeated BYU by a score of 84-74.

Against the spread, Kansas State has gone 14-13 this season. At home, their ATS mark is just 7-9. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wildcats are 5-5 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Kansas State games this season is 12-15, and today’s line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (143.9). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, including two of their last three contests.

The Kansas State offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against BYU. They posted a field goal percentage of 56.2% and connected on 7 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Tylor Perry, who holds an average of 15.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Cam Carter is averaging 15.1 points per game this season.

So far, the Wildcats’ defense is ranked 102nd in the country at 69.0 points per contest. The Kansas State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 74 points and allowed BYU to connect on 7 threes.