West Virginia Mountaineers (14-13) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (18-9)
February 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -5 / West Virginia Mountaineers +5; Over/Under: 128
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The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to James H. Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The West Virginia Mountaineers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 14-13 on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 77-67, this past Monday night. West Virginia struggled on the defensive end against TCU and could not fight back after the Horned Frogs took a 68-56 lead with 4:18 left in regulation. West Virginia shot 45.6% from the field & 37.5% from beyond the arc while allowing TCU to shoot 53.7% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Taz Sherman who had 23 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, West Virginia is averaging 67.9 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Taz Sherman (18.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Sean McNeil (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jalen Bridges (9.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg), & Kedrian Johnson (5.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, West Virginia is allowing their opponents to average 67.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of -4.4 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Iowa State Cyclones won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-9 on the season after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 75-54, this past Saturday. Iowa State was outstanding on the offensive end of the court against Oklahoma and pulled away late in the 2nd half after taking a 74-52 lead with 2:27 left in regulation. Iowa State shot 67.3% from the field & 53.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Oklahoma to shoot 48.8% from the field & 29.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Izaiah Brockington who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 67.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Izaiah Brockington (17.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Tyrese Hunter (11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Gabe Kalscheur (9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), & Caleb Grill (6.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games & 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Cyclones are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games & 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games as a favorite.
West Virginia has lost 11 of their last 12 games and continue to struggle on the offense end as the Mountaineers come into this game ranked just 263rd in scoring offense, 300th in FG%, & 267th in 3P-FG%. Iowa State can struggle on the offensive end, however, the Cyclones have been great defensively this season and come into this matchup ranked 16th in scoring defense & 33rd in turnover margin. West Virginia is just 1-8 on the road this season and as I just see the Mountaineers struggling once again on the offensive end in what is a tough road environment in James H. Hilton Coliseum, I think Iowa State continues their recent run of strong play and do enough to cover this spread. Good Luck!