Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (11-8) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 11th-ranked Oklahoma State looks to break out of the middle of the Big 12 pack Saturday when they host a struggling West Virginia side that’s lost three of its last four.
The Breakdown: Ok State is 3-2 in the conference and coming off a narrow 80-78 loss to Kansas last Saturday. The Cowboys struggled from the field, hitting just 26 of 66, but still had a chance to win it in the waning seconds when junior F Le’Bryan Nash was stripped of the ball on his game-winning shot attempt as the buzzer sounded. Ok State allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 55.8 percent from the field and finish with a 37-33 edge on the boards. Sophomore G Phil Forte had a game-high 23 points off the bench, while sophomore G Marcus Smart scored 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Senior G Markel Brown added 15 points, including 5 of 9 from downtown. On the season, the Cowboys rank 10th nationally with 84.4 ppg and 25th at 48.4 percent shooting. Smart leads the team with 17.8 ppg, followed by Brown at 16.6 ppg.
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West Virginia, meanwhile, is 3-3 in conference and topped Texas Tech 87-81 Wednesday to snap a three-game skid. The Mountaineers shot the ball well, hitting 53.7 percent from the field and 11 of 20 from outside the arc, and finished with 29-26 edge on the boards. Sophomore G Terry Henderson had a game-high 28 points, including 5 of 6 from distance, and junior G Juwan Staten added 16 points and 7 assists. The Red Raiders also shot well, connecting on 24 of 49 from the floor and 12 of 19 from distance, but WVU built on a one-point halftime lead right out of the gate in the second and never trailed. Through 19 games, the Mountaineers rank 37th nationally at 79.0 points ppg on 45.7 percent shooting. Sophomore G Eron Harris leads the team in scoring with 17.4 ppg, followed by Staten at 17.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one currently favors Oklahoma State by 14 points. The first time these two got together a couple weeks ago, the Cowboys needed a last second three to escape with the W. They didn’t shoot that bad from the field either at 45 percent. West Virginia has been in and out of a funk, but they played well last time out so look for a closer game than the spread.
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