West Virginia Mountaineers (10-3) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-5)
January 2, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -1.5 / West Virginia Mountaineers +1.5; Over/Under: +138.5
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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 try to rebound from an 82-76 OT loss to Kansas State in their last game. Erik Stevenson leads the Mountaineers in scoring with 13.9 PPG while Tre Mitchell has 13.1 PPG with 5.3 RPG and Joe Toussaint has 10.3 PPG with 3.3 APG and Emmitt Matthews Jr. has 10.9 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for WVU up to this point in the year. Jimmy Bell Jr. also leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 5.8 RPG and Kedrian Johnson has a team-high 3.6 APG as well this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 80.9 PPG on 48.6% shooting from the field, 37.2% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will hope to bounce back from a 69-67 road loss to Kansas in their last game. Bryce Thompson has 12.4 PPG with 2.5 APG while Avery Anderson III has 11.4 PPG with a team-high 3.2 APG to lead the Cowboys in assists and John-Michael Wright has 10 PPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Cowboys up to this point in the season. Moussa Cisse also has 8.2 PPG with a team-high 10.5 RPG to lead the Cowboys on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 71.3 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 72.5% from the foul line this season.
West Virginia is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss while the over is 24-4 in their last 28 road games. Oklahoma State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m leaning towards the under here. This is a fairly quick turnaround for two teams that just played on Saturday, with Oklahoma State in a war with Kansas that they’re heartbroken to come out on the wrong end of narrowly, while WVU went to overtime with Kansas State. I think points are going to be hard to come by here, so give me the under here.