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Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/5/14

West Virginia Mountaineers (16-13) at Oklahoma Sooners (21-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)

The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

Storyline: Oklahoma targets sole possession of second place in the Big 12 when it hosts West Virginia at the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday.

The Breakdown: The Sooners sit in a three-way tie with Iowa State and Texas for second place in the conference, improving to 10-6 behind a decisive 77-65 victory over Texas Saturday. Sophomore G Isaiah Cousins scored a career-high 24 points, sophomore G Buddy Hield had 17 points and 8 rebounds, and sophomore G Je’lon Hornbeak added 9 points and 5 assists off the bench. OU connected on 40.7 percent from the floor and 10 of 25 from outside the arc to the Longhorns’ 44.4 percent from the floor and 3 of 19 from distance. The Sooners also converted 19 of 22 from the free throw line and forced 16 turnovers. On the season, the Sooners are averaging 82.3 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. Hield leads the team with 16.7 ppg, followed by senior F Cameron Clark at 15.0 ppg.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/5/14

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Meanwhile, West Virginia is in 6th place in the conference at 8-8 and comes in off an 81-59 trouncing of TCU Saturday. Sophomore G Eron Harris scored a game-high 18 points and dished out 4 assists, junior G Juwan Staten 17 points and 5 assists, and freshman F Nathan Adrian added 14 points and 6 rebounds. WVU connected on 42.9 percent from the floor and 7 of 20 from behind the arc, while also dominating the glass 44-29 and converting 20 of 25 from the free throw line. Through 29 games, the Mountaineers are averaging 78.6 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting. Staten at Harris lead the team with 18.0 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: Oklahoma is currently a 7-point home favorite in this matchup. West Virginia edged the Sooners 91-86 at home in overtime a month ago, getting a combined 48 points from backcourt standouts Staten and Harris. OU has been a juggernaut at home this season, though, dropping just two conference games and four overall. Look for OU to cover.

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