Free College Basketball Picks Today: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats 3/4/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas State Wildcats 3/4/23
Sat 4th March 2023

The No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (22-7, 10-6 Big 12) will be looking to build on their winning run when they are on the road to face the West Virginia Mountaineers (17-13, 6-11 Big 12) on Saturday.

Kansas State beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 73-68 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday, their third straight win. Markquis Nowell was the standout player with 22 points and eight assists. The Wildcats dropped to fourth in the Big 12 Conference.

West Virginia won a close one on Monday at James H. Hilton Coliseum, beating the Iowa State Cyclones 72-69. Erik Stevenson led the team in scoring with 23 points. With 19 points and seven rebounds, Joe Toussaint also had an impressive game.

The Mountaineers are eighth in the Big 12 Conference. This is the final meeting of the season between the teams. Kansas State will be aiming for a season sweep against West Virginia after winning the only previous meeting 82-76 in overtime at Fred Bramlage Coliseum in December 2022.

Nowell led the Wildcats with 23 points, 10 assists, and seven steals. Tre Mitchell had 16 points in the losing effort. Keyontae Johnson and Nowell, averaging 17.6 and 17.0 points per game, respectively, have led the Wildcats in scoring this season.

Johnson also has grabbed 7.1 rebounds per game, while Nowell has dished 7.6 assists per game, third-most in the NCAA. Stevenson has been the primary provider of the Mountaineers’ offense, averaging 15.2 points per game. Jimmy Bell Jr. is pulling down 5.4 rebounds per game, and Kedrian Johnson is doling out 3.1 assists.

The Wildcats have struggled in recent trips to WVU Coliseum, losing eight of the last 10.Kansas State is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.5 (70.3-68.8). For the season, the Wildcats are averaging 75.3 points per game, compared to 68.0 for opponents.

West Virginia has also split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 75.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 74.8 (+0.3 margin). The Mountaineers are averaging 76.3 ppg for the full season while allowing 70.8.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
David N’Guessan: 6.0 | 8.6 | -2.6
Points per game:
Cam Carter: 4.6 | 6.3 | -1.7
Rebounds per game:
Keyontae Johnson: 4.8 | 7.1 | -2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Jimmy Bell Jr.: 6.8 | 11.2 | -4.4
Points per game:
Erik Stevenson: 20.2 | 15.2 | +5.0
Rebounds per game:
Emmitt Matthews Jr.: 4.8 | 3.6 | +1.2
Jimmy Bell Jr.: 3.8 | 5.4 | -1.6

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

West Virginia -4.5 (-110)

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