The Big 12 foes square off when the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks (21-4, 10-2 Big 12) travel to face the West Virginia Mountaineers (14-11, 3-9 Big 12) at the WVU Coliseum in starting at 8:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
In their last game, the Jayhawks got a team-high 20 points from Ochai Agbaji on their way to a 76-62 win over Oklahoma State on Monday. They were favored by 10.5 points and covered the spread, and the teams combined to score 138 points to go under the total of 143.5 points. The Mountaineers lost 60-53 to Texas Tech in their final game on Saturday. Jalen Bridges had a team-high 16 points in the loss. They failed to cover the gap as 5.5-point underdogs, and the teams combined to miss the 131.5-point total.
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Who are Kansas’ key players?
- The Jayhawks’ leading scorer is Agbaji, who is scoring 19.9 points per game.
- Kansas is led in rebounding by Jalen Wilson’s 7.1 rebounds per game and assists by Dajuan Harris’ 4.1 assists per game.
- Agbaji is the Jayhawks’ best three-point shooter, hitting 2.9 per game.
- Kansas’ interceptions leader is Harris, averaging 1.6 per game. Christian Braun leads the team with an average of 1.1 blocks per game.
Who are the key players in West Virginia?
- Taz Sherman’s points (18.6 per game) and assists (2.5 per game) stat lines give him the highest scoring and assists in the Mountaineers rankings.
- Gabe Osabuohien is grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game (he’s also scoring 4.8 points per game and adding 1.6 assists per game), which tops West Virginia’s rebounds chart.
- Sherman makes two three-pointers per game, the most on the Mountaineers.
- West Virginia’s leader in steals is Kedrian Johnson with 1.8 per game, and its leader in blocks is Dimon Carrigan with 1.2 per game.
Key stats for Kansas vs. West Virginia
- The Jayhawks are shooting 49.2% from the field this season, which is 6.5 percentage points more than the Mountaineers have allowed their opponents (42.7%).
- In games, Kansas is shooting over 42.7 percent from the field, is 9-13 ATS, and 20-3 overall.
- West Virginia is 8-3 ATS and 9-2 overall when shooting better than 42.2 percent from the field.
- Kansas is 7-11 ATS and 16-3 overall when the team connects on more than 30.9 percent of their three-point attempts.
- West Virginia is 7-7 ATS and 8-6 overall when shooting above 29.8 percent as a team from three points.
- The Jayhawks are making 7.2 three-pointers per game this season, one more shot on average than the 6.2 per game allowed by the Mountaineers.
- When Kansas makes more three runs than its opponents, it’s 6-6-0 ATS and 10-2 overall. When West Virginia is beaten beyond the arc by their opponents, it’s 2-9-0 ATS and 5-6 straight.
- The Mountaineers are the 287th-ranked three-point shooting team in college basketball, while the Jayhawks are giving up 54th-fewest marks from deep.
Who is the favorite to win Kansas against West Virginia?
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