Iowa State vs. West Virginia - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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West Virginia Mountaineers (19-10) at Iowa State Cyclones (12-17)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm (James H. Hilton Coliseum)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +5 -- Over/Under: 139
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Iowa State Cyclones meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Ames Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will try to jump back in the middle of the Big 12, sitting at 7-9 in conference play after a 3rd straight loss in the form of a 73-62 loss to Oklahoma last time out. Oscar Tshiebwe leads WVU in scoring and rebounding with 11.1 PPG and 9.2 RPG while Derek Culver is 2nd in scoring with 10.3 PPG and 8.6 RPG and Gabe Osabuohien has a team-high 1.9 APG this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 69.9 points on 42% shooting from the field, 28.3% from 3-point range and 63.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.1 points on 38.8% shooting from the field and 28.7% from behind the arc this season. West Virginia is 3-8 straight up and 3-8 against the spread on the road this season.
The Iowa State Cyclones will try to build some confidence heading into the conference tournament, sitting at 5-11 in conference play after a 73-61 loss to Oklahoma State last time out. Rasir Bolton leads the Cyclones with 14.4 PPG and 2.8 APG while Michael Jacobson has 7.5 PPG and 5.9 RPG this season. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 72.4 points on 44% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 74.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.7 points on 44.9% shooting from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I wouldn’t be surprised if West Virginia woke up here as a loss would hurt their resume for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament if they don’t win the Big 12 tourney. However, I just haven’t been impressed with the Mountaineers the way I was a few weeks ago and WVU looks to be running out of gas at the moment. Iowa State hasn’t been great all season long and they’re one of the bigger disappointments for me this season, and maybe losing Tyrese Haliburton is a big part of that, but this is still senior night for Iowa State, and a lot of Iowa State’s success (as little as it may be) has come at home. I’ll take a shot with the Cyclones and the points as we could be in for a nail-biter in Ames on senior night.