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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (10-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: The #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys look to keep distancing themselves from their upset loss at Kansas State last week when they travel to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday.

The Breakdown: Marcus Smart seemed to sense that the loss of Michael Cobbins in the middle and Stevie Clark off the bench meant that his role would need to extend far beyond that of scorer if Ok State was to avoid another K-State type of meltdown. And the sophomore guard made good in an 87-74 handling of Texas Wednesday with 24 points, 6 steals, 5 assists and 11 rebounds. Senior G Markel Brown also responded, leading all scorers with a season-high 27 points on 8 of 13 shooting, including 11 of 14 from the line, and sophomore G Phil Forte chipped in 14 points, hitting 4 of 8 from downtown. The Cowboys shot 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc, while holding the Longhorns to 28 of 70 from the floor and just 3 of 18 from distance. Through 15 games, Ok State is averaging the nation’s 12th best 85.8 ppg on a 15th best 49 percent shooting. Smart leads the team with 17.5 ppg, followed by Brown at 17.1 ppg.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

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West Virginia, meanwhile, is on a three-game tear, including an 89-86 overtime victory at Texas Tech Monday. The Mountaineers shot a strong 55 percent from the field and hit of 8 of 19 from distance, while holding the Red Raiders to 28 of 60 from the floor and 8 of 21 from beyond the arc. Junior G Juwan Staten had a game-high 25 points and 5 assists on 10 of 12 shooting and sophomore G Terry Henderson added 16 points and 4 assists. West Virginia also forced 15 tech turnovers. On the season, the Mountaineers are averaging 81.1 ppg on 46 percent shooting and sophomore G Eron Harris leads the team with 18.5 ppg, followed by Staten at 16.8 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -5 for Ok State and it’s while it’s doubtful that Marcus Smart will be able to match his output from the Texas game (only 3 other players in the history of D 1 basketball have produced those numbers in the past 15 years), the Cowboys seem to have figured out how to win with slight deficiencies here and there. Look for Ok State to cover.

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