Friday night, the good guys stunned pretty much everyone. Beating Iowa State Cyclones wasn’t the surprise; it was how dominant the big three were despite getting little help from anyone else. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that playing 3-on-5 will work as well against tonight’s opponent as it did Friday (or when Alabama had to do it against Minnesota).
Kansas State (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) hosts the seventh-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12). West Virginia has an 8-5 advantage in the series, but the Cats have won three of five in Manhattan. All but two of those 13 games have been in the Big 12 era. Bruce Weber is 4-7 against the ‘Eers, all with K-State; Bob Huggins is 8-4 against the Wildcats, with one extra win from his time at Cincinnati.
West Virginia is a two-point favorite, with the over at 148. That’s easy math: 75-73 Mountaineers. However, OddsShark is waaaay more in the Wildcat corner today, projecting a 79-65 win for the home team.
Monday, January 1 at 4:01pm CT, Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan, Kansas.
$15, four for $50, $35 chairback.
ESPNU with Mark Neely and Bryndon Manzer.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber, also available via satellite on Sirius 134/XM 199. In West Virginia, Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs have the call on the Mountaineer Radio Network.