Kansas State vs. West Virginia 3/9/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/08/2022 at 7:13 PM ET

The West Virginia Mountaineers play the Kansas State Wildcats in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference tournament on Wednesday at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. West Virginia finished the regular season 15-16 overall and 4-14 in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers defeated the TCU Horned Frogs 70-64 in the final game of the regular season on Saturday. However, West Virginia lost seven of its final eight.

Taz Sherman is the leading scorer and leader in assists with averages of 18.3 points and 2.4 assists per game, while Gabe Osabuohien is the leading rebounder with an average of 5.6 rebounds per game. West Virginia has only two players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team in scoring an average of 68.5 points per game, while shooting 41.3% overall and 32.4% from 3-point territory.

Kansas State finished it's regular season 14-16 overall and 6-12 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats were defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday 78-71 in their final game of the regular season. The leading scorer in the loss for Kansas State was Mark Smith with 22 points. Kansas State lost each of its last five.

Nigel Pack is the leading scorer for Kansas State with an average of 17.4 points per game, while Markquis Nowell is the second leading scorer and the leader in assists with averages of 12.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. Mark Smith is the third leading scorer and the leading rebounder with averages of 12.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Kansas State is scoring an average of 69.1 points per game.

Kansas State will pick up a victory over West Virginia on Wednesday, but the play here is OVER. In the two meetings between these two Big 12 rivals during the regular season, the OVER easily cashed in both. The OVER has cashed in each of Kansas State's last seven and in six of West Virginia's last nine. West Virginia is allowing opponents to shoot 44.4%  overall and Kansas State allows its opponents to shoot 43.1% overall. Final Score Prediction, Kansas State Wildcats win but our best play is OVER 74-70.

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