West Virginia Mountaineers (17-6) at Oklahoma Sooners (16-6)
|Date & Time||Monday February 5, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -1.5 -- Over/Under:
The 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Lloyd Noble Center to take on the 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 17-6 (6-4 Big 12) after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 89-51, this past Saturday. West Virginia dominated Kansas State defensively and had no trouble pulling away after a 10-0 Mountaineers run gave West Virginia a 65-42 lead with 7:49 left in regulation. West Virginia held Kansas State to 29.8% shooting from the field and 34.6% (9-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Sagaba Konate who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and a block. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 81.0 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Jevon Carter (16.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.8 apg, 3.2 spg), Daxter Miles Jr. (12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Lamont West (10.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg), and Sagaba Konate (10.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.2 bpg). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 6.6.
The 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners dropped to 16-6 (6-4 Big-12) on the season after being defeated by the Texas Longhorns, 79-74, this past Saturday. Oklahoma held a 50-40 lead early in the 2nd half, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after a 13-0 Longhorns run gave Texas a 70-66 lead with 3:42 left in regulation. Oklahoma shot 51.6% from the field, however, struggled from beyond the arc as the Sooners shot just 13.6% (3-22) in the loss. Leading the way for the Sooners was Trae Young who had a double-double with 19 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 89.9 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Trae Young (29.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 9.7 apg, 1.9 spg), Christian James (11.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Brady Manek (11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg), and Khadeem Latin (8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, 2.2 bpg). Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing their opponents to average 82.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Mountaineers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. The Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
West Virginia has lost 4 of their last 6 games however, the Mountaineers finally looked like the team everyone knows their capable of being with their outstanding victory against Kansas State. West Virginia relies heavily on their defense for their success and come into this matchup ranked 53rd in scoring defense, 48th in defensive FG%, and 2nd in turnover margin. Oklahoma has one of the most exciting players in basketball in Trae Young and a scoring offense that ranks 1st in all of College Basketball however, the Sooners have struggled as of late as teams learn to adjust and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. West Virginia has the defense that contain Trae Young and as I think the Mountaineers are back on track, I’m taking West Virginia and the points in this one.