Monday college basketball odds: No. 3 Kansas at West Virginia

Kansas could be the nation’s top-ranked team by the time the Jayhawks take the floor Monday night in their first meeting against West Virginia as Big 12 foes – KU is a solid favorite on Check our current odds

Kansas beat Oklahoma 67-54 on Saturday. Center Jeff Withey had four blocks, three steals, 13 points and nine rebounds as KU won its nation-leading 17th in a row. Ben McLemore added 18 points and Travis Releford finished with 10 for Kansas (18-1, 6-0 Big 12), which struggled much of the way offensively but still won their 33rd straight at Allen Fieldhouse to match the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history. It was the 14th time in 19 games that Kansas held an opponent to 60 points or less, including the past five Big 12 foes. The Sooners had been averaging close to 72 points in league play, but couldn’t manage it by shooting just 35 percent from the field.

Out of its 19 games, Kansas has held 13 of its opponents under 60 points. Kansas grabbed 41 rebounds to Oklahoma’s 31, KU has outrebounded 16 of 19 opponents in 2012-13. It also marked the fifth time the Jayhawks outrebounded their opponent by a double-digit margin. In six conference games, Kansas has only broken the 30-point barrier by halftime in three of those games. A year ago, KU broke 30 points by halftime in all six of its first six conference games – but, both seasons resulted in 6-0 starts.

Kansas is second in NCAA Division I and first in the Big 12 in blocked shots at 7.7 per game and also leads the conference in scoring margin (+16.0), field goal percentage (48.2), three-point field goal percentage (36.2) and field goal percentage defense (34.8). The Jayhawks also rank in the top four of the Big 12 in scoring (third, 75.1), free throw percentage (third, 74.2), three-pointers made (fourth, 5.8), rebounding (fourth, 38.8), rebound defense (second, 32.8), rebound margin (third, +6.0), assists (third, 15.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (third, 1.2).

It’s been a struggle this season for West Virginia. The Mountaineers were beaten 80-66 at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Mountaineers (9-10, 2-4) never got closer than 11 over the final 10 minutes. Eron Harris scored 17 points to lead West Virginia and Deniz Kilicli had 12 points before fouling out.

Kansas becomes the fifth men’s hoop program with at least three NCAA titles to play at the WVU Coliseum, the four others being UCLA (11 titles), Kentucky (eight), Duke (four) and Connecticut (three). The only two programs with three or more championships that have not made a visit to the 40-plus-year-old Coliseum are North Carolina (five) and Indiana (five).

Should Kansas be No. 1 in the polls Monday, here is WVU’s record all-time vs. No. 1 teams in Morgantown: Feb. 27, 1983, UNLV (87-78 win); Feb. 23, 1988, Temple (62-61 loss); Jan. 27, 1995, Massachusetts (97-94 loss OT); Jan. 9, 1999, Connecticut (80-45 loss); Feb. 18, 2006, Connecticut (81-75 loss). trends: Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. Jayhawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Jayhawks are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 Monday games. Mountaineers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. Mountaineers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Under is 5-0 in Jayhawks last 5 overall. Under is 7-0 in Jayhawks last 7 Monday games.


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