West Virginia Vs Kansas Spread, Tip Time, TV Info, Live Stream & RadioJosh Bailey
The 20th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers face the 9th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. The Mountaineers are 9.5-point underdogs but they will be looking for a season sweep of the Jayhawks.
The game tips at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN2 and will be streamed on WatchESPN.com.
A Closer Look At The West Virginia Vs Kansas Spread, Tip Time, TV Info, Live Stream & Radio
Matchup: (20) West Virginia Mountaineers at (8) Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Mar. 3, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse
TV Info: ESPN 2
Radio: West Virginia Vs Kansas
Point Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -9.5
West Virginia Will Cover the Spread If
The Mountaineers’ defense can repeat the recent success against the Jayhawks.
In the first game between these two, West Virginia pulled off the incredible 62 to 61 upset. Kansas was a 1.5 point road favorite versus West Virginia, which is why the victory was so impressive.
How did West Virginia pull off the upset?
WVU also 20 in the AP poll. The Mountaineers have been ranked 15 consecutive weeks.
— WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 2, 2015
At first glance, it doesn’t appear like the Mountaineers should have won at all. West Virginia allowed Kansas to shoot a blistering 49% from the field when hitting 24 out of 49 shots. But, that’s just it. The Mountaineers held Kansas to only 49 shots from the field. They forced the Jayhawks to look for open shots. They kept Rock Chalk’s number of shots from behind the arc to less than what Kansas usually shoots as well. Kansas only shot 11 three-pointers, making 6 of 11for 54.5%. West Virginia needs to limit Kansas’ shots again to have any hope of covering the spread.
Kansas Will Cover the Spread If
The Jayhawks speed up the game inorder to increase their shot count.
West Virginia is usually a run and gun squad. Bob Huggins’ team averages 74 points per game even though they only shoot 41% from the field and 32% from behind the three-point line. The reason that West Virginia often times wins games is because they out shoot their opponents like what they did in the first game versus the Jayhawks when they took 64 shots from the field to Kansas’ 49.
Rock Chalk! After Iowa State beats Oklahoma, Kansas clinches share of Big 12 regular-season championship, 11th straight conference title.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 3, 2015
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 3, 2015
Kansas needs to understand that it’s highly unlikely that the Mountaineers are going to shoot at a higher percentage than they will. Kansas shoots 44.4% on average from the field and 39% from behind the arc. West Virginia will never approach those percentages, which means that if Kansas speeds up their offense, if they take shots sooner in their offense when there is more time on the shot clock, they should be able to distance themselves from the Mountaineers and cover the spread.