Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (19-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (17-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 21st ranked West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 19-5 (7-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 76-72, this past Wednesday. West Virginia shot 46.3% from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Brandon Watkins who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block. West Virginia is ranked 30th in the RPI Standings and has played the 93rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Juwan Staten (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.5 apg) and Devin Williams (11.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg). West Virginia is averaging 75.6 ppg (ranked 25th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 269th). The Mountaineers are averaging 14.5 apg (ranked 57th) and 6.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 202nd). West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg (ranked 154th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 306th). The Mountaineers are pulling down 37.58 total rpg (ranked 44th) and have a turnover margin of 8.8 (ranked 1st).
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The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones dropped to 17-6 (7-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners, 94-83, this past Monday. Iowa State shot 47.7% from the field and 48.3% (14-29) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Jameel McKay who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist. Iowa State is ranked 16th in the RPI Standings and has played the 28th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (14.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.6 apg). Iowa State is averaging 80.0 ppg (ranked 11th) on 48.8% shooting (ranked 12th). The Cyclones average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 47th) and 17.5 apg (ranked 2nd). Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 69.2 ppg (ranked 259th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 134th). The Cyclones pull down 26.78 defensive rpg (ranked 17th) and have a turnover margin of 1.6 (ranked 75th).
The Mountaineers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cyclones are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
West Virginia's calling card is their pressure defensive that has allowed them to have the best turnover margin in the country. Iowa State has one of the most dangerous starting fives in the country that can really light it up on the offensive end. Both teams are just 2-2 in their last 4 games as West Virginia hasn't been able to create as many turnovers which are critical for their offensive production and Iowa State seems to have trouble defending anyone away from Hilton Coliseum. Both teams have been bad ATS picks as of late, however, West Virginia hasn't looked anything like the team they were a month ago and Iowa State generally brings their "A" game when playing at home. I think Iowa State will be able to game-plan/prepare for the press as they have one of the best point guards in the conference in terms of turning the ball over and that they secure a blow-out win in from of their home crowd. Take Iowa State to cover.