West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-2)
College Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys +1 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys meet in college basketball action from Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking to bounce back after a 75-71 loss to Oklahoma in their last game. Miles McBride leads the Mountaineers in scoring with 14.8 PPG as well as leading WVU in assists with 4.1 APG this season. Derek Culver is 2nd on the team in scoring while also leading the Mountaineers in rebounding with 13 PPG and 9.5 RPG this season. Taz Sherman is 3rd in scoring with 11.3 PPG and Sean McNeil has 10.3 PPG as West Virginia’s 4th and final double-digit scorer this season heading into Monday’s matchup. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 74.3 PPG on 41.9% shooting from the field, 33.7% from 3-point range and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.2 points on 41.7% shooting from the field and 30.3% from 3-point range this season.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look to add to their 7-2 mark on the year after an 82-77 overtime win over Texas Tech last time out. Cade Cunningham leads Oklahoma State in scoring with 18.7 PPG in addition to 5.8 RPG and sharing the team lead in assists with 3.7 APG this season. Isaac Likekele is the only other double-digit scorer for OK State coming into this game, recording 10.9 PPG as well as team-highs of 8.1 RPG and 3.7 APS this season. Avery Anderson III, Rondel Walker and Bryce Williams each have 8+ PPG for Oklahoma State this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 77.3 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71 points on 39.9% shooting from the field and 34.1% from 3-point range this season.
West Virginia is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. Oklahoma State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
Normally, you see West Virginia/Oklahoma State on the card and think these are two teams with fantastic defense, it should be an under. However, these are also two teams that can score in bunches and I’m seeing game where both sides get into the 70s at least, and with the number being where it is, I like the over as my free pick for this matchup, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.