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Friday, March 15 9:00 P.M. Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Missouri
The night cap of the Big 12 Tournament semi-finals will feature one team that could have been penciled in, and one not-so-likely candidate. Kansas will once against play in the semis after a 65-57 win over Texas. The unlikely team is West Virginia who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season. They took down No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 on Thursday night.
Kansas Advances to Semi-Finals Once Again
Kansas did not have the best night from the floor, but their defense carried them to victory over Texas in the quarterfinals. The Jayhawks finished 41.8% from the field, and just 3-11 from beyond the arc. They held the Longhorns to 57 points on 35.7% shooting. Kansas gained an advantage from the free throw line outscoring Texas 16-9 from the charity stripe. Kansas had four starters finish in double-figures in this one. They got just five points from their bench. Devin Dotson led the way in the with with 17 points.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 15, 2019
Kansas entered the Big 12 Tournament in an unusual position. They were the three-seed. This is the first time they were anything but number one in 14 years. This did not change the way Kansas approached the tournament. If anything, it gave them a little extra motivation. This tournament is the way Kansas can prove that they are still the cream of the crop in the Big 12. It looked that way against Texas, and the Jayhawks will look to continue their hot play in their semi-final game.
West Virginia Pulls Off Amazing Upset
West Virginia entered this semi-final game at 13-19 overall, and the bottom team in the Big 12. Texas Tech won a share of the Big 12 regular season title, and are the seventh ranked team in the nation. On paper, this is a blowout. But, that is why you play the game. West Virginia jumped on the Red Raiders early. Texas Tech stormed back in the second half to take the lead, but West Virginia was ready for everything that was thrown at them. In the end, it was the fighting Bob Huggins’ who pulled off the upset of the year. West Virginia shot 38.8% from the field, and knocked down 20 free throws.
Cue Country Roads!
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 15, 2019
Freshman Emmitt Matthews Jr. played the game of his life, and it came at the right time. He finished with 28 points to lead West Virginia. Never take for granted a great program with a great head coach. West Virginia proved that anyone can win in a one game playoff. This is why the NCAA Tournament is the best sporting event of the season. The Mountaineers have won two games in the Big 12 Tournament, and earned themselves a semi-final berth against the class of the Big 12 — the Kansas Jayhawks.
- Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games
- Jayhawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games
- Jayhawks are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Over is 8-3 in Jayhawks last 11 vs. Big 12
- Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win
- Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games
- Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Over is 6-1 in Mountaineers last 7 vs. Big 12
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
West Virginia pulled off a fantastic upset. This is a night for Mountaineer nation to celebrate, but it will end tomorrow. It is hard to imagine that they will pull off a second upset of this caliber in as many nights. Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with the Mountaineers. West Virginia finished the season 12-20-1 ATS. Kansas has the best player on the floor in Dedrick Lawson, the better coach, and the better team by far. This is a team with a purpose to prove they are still the best team in the conference. West Virginia could be used as an example.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these teams have played 19 overs this season. Kansas is a high scoring team with many players who can do it all offensively. Lawson gets it done from inside, while Dotson can shoot from deep or drive to the rim. West Virginia’s defense has been one of the worst in the nation this season. Kansas should get whatever they want in this game. A lop sided affair will see a lot of points when these two take the floor together.