West Virginia vs. Iowa State - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (11-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (14-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers play Saturday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The Iowa State Cyclones have won eight of their last nine games and play their second true road game. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 80.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Georges Niang is averaging 15.2 points and 3.8 assists while Bryce Dejean-Jones is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. Dustin Hogue is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Naz Long is shooting 47.8 percent from the field. The Iowa State Cyclones are one of the top offensive teams in the country with five players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 71.1 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Iowa State is holding teams to 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 64 or less points in four straight games.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers have won seven straight games and play their second ranked opponent. On the season, WVU is averaging 78.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Juwan Staten is averaging 16.1 points and four assists while Devin Williams is averaging 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jonathan Holton is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jevon Carter is shooting 40 percent from the field. The West Virginia Mountaineers is an elite defensive team that’s producing 13.1 steals per game and has allowed 68 or less points in 12 of their first 15 games. Offensively, West Virginia is shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 30.6 percent from downtown.
The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are legit and is sure to make a strong run in the NCAA tournament. When you add WVU's pressure defense and the home crowd, the Mountaineers should win and cover this number with ease.