College hoops fans get a Monday treat when the Kansas Jayhawks travel to face the West Virginia Mountaineers at 9 p.m. ET in a nationally televised showdown on ESPN. West Virginia is favored by 6.5 points, up 2.5 from the open.
In this huge Big 12 basketball showdown that could have major implications on tournament seeding come March, you need to see what SportsLine’s Projection Model has to say.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, completely crushed its top-rated college basketball picks during the 2016-17 season, returning a profit of almost $6,600 on $100 bets for anybody who followed them.
Now it has simulated Kansas vs. West Virginia 10,000 times, and it came up with some surprising results.
We can tell you Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman are projected to be the leading scorers for the Jayhawks with 13 points each, and Jevon Carter will pace the Mountaineers with 17 points in 36 minutes.
The model also has a strong pick against the spread for this matchup, saying you can back one side nearly 70 percent of the time. And you can only see that over at SportsLine.
The model has taken into account West Virginia’s strong recent performances. The second-ranked Mountaineers have won 15 of their past 16 games, which includes a dominant 13-point victory over ninth-ranked Oklahoma earlier this month.
They’ve done it thanks to an efficient offense. The Mountaineers, who have scored 70 or more points in six of their past seven games, have the ninth-best scoring margin in the nation.
However, the Mountaineers’ efficiency will be tested against Kansas’ top-20 scoring offense. The Jayhawks are averaging close to 86 points and are shooting a remarkable 41.5 percent from behind the arc.
But just because Kansas’ offense has been clicking of late doesn’t mean it can stay within the 6.5-point spread.
Kansas is 0-5 against the spread in its past five games on the road against West Virginia.
Will Kansas go on the road and make a statement or will West Virginia protect its home court with a big conference victory? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.
So what side of Kansas-West Virginia do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Kansas-West Virginia spread is cashing almost 70 percent of the time, all from the model that has absolutely crushed college hoops, and find out.