West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/10/14
Iowa State Cyclones (18-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (14-10)
College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: 16th-ranked Iowa State eyes third place in the Big 12 with a fourth consecutive victory when they visit West Virginia Monday.
Storyline: The Cyclones improved to 6-4 and tied Kansas State for 4th place in the conference after an 84-69 handling of TCU Saturday, lifted to the victory by a career-high and Big 12 record 48 points from senior F Melvin Ejiim. Ejiim also had a career-high 18 rebounds. Sophomore F Georges Niang added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Iowa State shot 53.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from outside the arc to the Horned Frogs’ 37.5 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from distance. The Cyclones also finished with a 38-30 advantage on the boards converted 13 of 20 from the free throw line. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 85.0 ppg on 47.6 percent shooting. Ejiim leads the team in scoring with 19.8 ppg, followed by Niang at 16.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, West Virginia fell to 6-5 for 6th place in the conference following its 83-69 loss at #8 Kansas Saturday. The Mountaineers were outshot from the field 54.9 percent to 39.6 percent and fro outside the arc 28.6 percent to 26.1 percent. WVU also conceded a 37-28 advantage on the boards and committed 14 turnovers. Junior G Juwan Staten scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 4 assists, sophomore G Eron Harris had 17 points and 6 rebounds, and junior F Remi Dibo added 7 points. Through 24 games, West Virginia is averaging 78.5 ppg on 44.5 percent shooting. Staten leads the team in scoring with 18.3 ppg, followed by Harris at 17.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2 for Iowa State. Its kinda hard to go against an Iowa State teams that seems to have figured things out after floundering around the Big 12 three straight losses and 4 out of 5 in a three week stretch. Especially after what Ejiim just did. Look for Iowa State to cover.