We have the Big 12 championship game coming to us from the Sprint Center in Kansas City as the #3 seed West Virginia Mountaineers take on the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The West Virginia Mountaineers punched their ticket to the title game after a 66-63 win over Texas Tech in their last outing on Friday. Daxter Miles Jr. led WVU with 22 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 5 threes while Jevon Carter added 17 points with a 4 threes to match a team-high 4 assists and Sagaba Donate added 11 points with 3 blocks to round out the trio of double digit scorers for West Virginia in the win. Wesley Harris chipped in 7 points to match his team-leading 7 rebounds in the winning effort as well for the Mountaineers. Carter leads West Virginia with an average of 17 points and 6.5 assists per game while Donate leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is scoring 79.9 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 76.2% from the foul line this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks will be looking for their first Big 12 tournament title since 2016 after taking down Kansas State in the semifinals by a final score of 83-67. Malik Newman led the Jayhawks with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and 3 steals while Devonte’ Graham came 2nd with 15 points and a team-high 8 assists. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk added 12 points on 4 threes while Lagerald Vick added 10 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Kansas in the win. Silvio De Sousa chipped in a team-high 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes on the floor for KU. Graham leads Kansas with an average of 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per game while Udoka Azubuike leads the Jayhawks on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kansas is scoring 81.5 points per game on 49.6% shooting from the field, 39.8% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.
West Virginia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Many have Kansas as a #1 seed for the big dance, which has caused some controversy and debate as the Jayhawks could potentially have the most losses by a #1 seed, however a win over West Virginia would certainly help make that case. The problem is that even though this isn’t the same dominant WVU defense we are used to, the Mountaineers are still really good and pose a tough test for the Jayhawks. With that said, with the line being this low, you’re essentially just picking a winner and since Kansas had no problem getting the win in the first two meetings and I think the Jayhawks complete the sweep with a win in the championship game here.