West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/5/14
Oklahoma Sooners (17-5) at West Virginia Mountaineers (13-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: West Virginia looks for three consecutive victories when they host 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Mountaineers sit in a tie for 4th place in the Big 12, improving to 5-4 after an 81-71 victory over Kansas State Saturday. WVU shot 43.4 percent from the floor and connected on 6 of 14 from outside the arc to the Wildcats’ 50.8 percent from the field and 3 of 13 from distance. The Mountaineers conceded a 36-33 advantage on the boards and committed 10 turnovers. Junior G Juwan Staten scored a career-high 35 points and dished out 5 assists, sophomore G terry Henderson had 13 points, and sophomore G Eron Harris added 11 points, including 4 of 4 from the free throw line. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 78.3 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. Staten leads the team with 18.0 ppg, followed by Harris at 17.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile Oklahoma dropped to 6-3 for third place in the conference after their 81-75 loss at #16 Iowa State Saturday. The Sooners were outshot from the floor 44.4 percent to 40.6 percent and from beyond the arc 38.5 percent to 30.8 percent, but came away with a 46-33 advantage on the boards. OU connected on 11 of 14 from the foul line, but committed 14 turnovers. Sophomore G Buddy Hield scored a game-high 30 points to go along with 7 reboundsand sophomore G Isaiah Cousins added 13 points and 10 boars. Through 22 games, OU is averaging 83.5 ppg on 45.2 percent shooting. Hield leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by senior F Cameron Clark at 16.1 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2.5 for West Virginia. The Mountaineers are at home and seem to have found some footing with consecutive wins over Baylor and K-State, but seems to scoff at the idea of home court advantage, having beat Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas on the road. And look for another OU road win here.