Kansas vs. West Virginia Odds, Betting Pick & Prediction: Should You Trust the Mountaineers to Cover at Home?

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Feb 12, 2020, 06:25 PM EST
  • Updated Kansas vs. West Virginia odds list the Mountaineers as a 1-point betting favorite over the Jayhawks on Wednesday night in Morgantown (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
  • Kansas beat WVU at home last month despite poor shooting efforts from both teams. The Mountaineers controlled the glass and will need to do so again to top the No. 1 team in the country tonight.
  • Get our experts' Kansas vs. West Virginia picks and predictions below.

Kansas at WVU Odds

  • Odds: WVU -1.5 [In WV? Bet Now]
  • Over/Under: 133
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN+

The marquee matchup on Wednesday night’s college basketball slate comes from the Big 12.

No. 1 Kansas will head to hostile Morgantown to take on a West Virginia team that’s surprised a lot of people this season. As usual, the Mountaineers rely on aggressive defense, physicality and stellar rebounding.

The Jayhawks might be the most complete team in the country, but will need a great effort especially from 7-foot-0 senior Udoka Azubuike to keep pace with WVU.

If you’re searching for this game on TV, apologies. It’s only available on ESPN+.

How KU-WVU Odds Have Moved

Overnight action has been all West Virginia.

Kansas opened at -1.5 at DraftKings, reached as high as -2, then Mountaineers’ money came flowing in to push them to -1.5 as of Wednesday morning.

Only 43% of bets have come in on WVU, but those bettors are making up 58% of the money. — Steve Petrella

When Kansas Has the Ball

The Jayhawks’ high-powered offense has flexed against inferior opponents, but a road trip to Morgantown may present the toughest challenge.

West Virginia could not overcome a 13-2 second-half run by Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in defeat on Jan. 4. The Jayhawks scored when it counted, but were out-rebounded by 14 and shot just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Kansas has won games in the paint, ranking as the top team in the Big 12 in shooting percentage from 2-point range. The Jayhawks rank No. 1 in point distribution from 2-point range, making the offensive glass crucial in victory.

Similar to the first matchup, Bill Self will need hot shooting at the right times to survive this game, as Kansas was limited to just nine offensive rebounds at home on Jan. 4. — Collin Wilson

Kansas won’t tally nearly as many transition opportunities in a hostile road environment as it typically does at Allen Fieldhouse, and Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver’s prowess for protecting the paint will limit its pick-and-roll opportunities with Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson. — Eli Hershkovich

When WVU Has the Ball

Kansas is the best defensive team in the country, per KenPom. So the glass is where West Virginia needs to win this game.