Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (18-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (14-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Lloyd Noble Center to take on the Oklahoma Sooners this Tuesday night.
The 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-3 (6-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 77-58 this past Saturday. West Virginia shot 48.1% from the field and forced Texas Tech to commit 26 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Devin Williams who had 18 points and 8 rebounds. West Virginia is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings as has played the 88th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Juwan Staten (14.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg) and Devin Williams (11.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg). Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 77.0 ppg (ranked 21st) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 255th). The Mountaineers average 14.7 apg (ranked 56th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19 (ranked 70th). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg (ranked 104th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 249th). The Mountaineers average 12.4 apg (ranked 1st) and have a turnover margin of 10.0 (ranked 1st).
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The 21st ranked Oklahoma Sooners improved to 14-7 (5-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys 64-56 this past Saturday. Oklahoma held Oklahoma State to 39.6% shooting from the field and 21.1% (4-19) in the victory. Leading the way for the Sooners was Ryan Spangler who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Oklahoma is ranked 24th in the RPI Standings and has played the 17th ranked SOS. On the season, the Sooners have been led by Buddy Hield (17.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg) and Isaiah Cousins (12.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Oklahoma is averaging 72.5 ppg (ranked 70th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 135th). The Sooners average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 112th) and commit an average of 12.7 turnovers per game (ranked 165th). Defensively, Oklahoma is holding opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg (ranked 64th) on 37. 4% shooting (ranked 11th). The Sooners average 5.2 bpg (ranked 25th) and grab 28.05 defensive rpg (ranked 4th).
The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Sooners are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games vs. the Big 12.
West Virginia is the best in the country in causing turnovers as they will apply full-court pressure for the entire 40 minutes of the game. Oklahoma has had a great offensive over the past few years, but what really makes this team dangerous is that they are really getting it down on the defensive end. I’m always a bit scared with West Virginia as they depend on their turnovers to score points as they are not a great offensive team if they are in a set offensive. Oklahoma is tough, however, they don’t take care of the ball that well and I think in the end I’m going to want the points as this should be a tight game. Take West Virginia and the points.