West Virginia at Oklahoma
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Oklahoma Sooners -6.5 -- Over/Under: 145
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in a Big 12 tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Sprint Center on Wednesday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers enter the conference tournament as the #10 seed, finishing in last place in the conference standings after a 12-19 overall record, including a 4-14 mark in conference play this season. West Virginia had a tough go at it in the non-conference portion of their schedule, with losses to Buffalo, Tennessee, Florida and Rhode Island while picking up a win over Pittsburgh as well. Conference play started rough for the Mountaineers, starting 0-5, 1-7 and 2-12 before splitting their last 4 games to finish the year. James Bolden leads West Virginia in scoring with 12.2 points per game in 18 games while Derek Culver averaged a double-double per game in 21 games with 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Lamont West chipped in 10.5 points per game as the 3rd double-digit scorer for WVU this season while Jermaine Haley led the Mountaineers with 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 73 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.
The Oklahoma Sooners come into the conference tournament as the #7 seed, finishing the regular season at 19-12, including 7-11 in conference play, winning out on a head-to-head tiebreaker with TCU for 7th spot. Oklahoma mowed teams down left and right out of conference, with wins over quality teams like Wofford, Florida, Dayton, Notre Dame, Wichita State, Creighton, USC and Northwestern just to name a few. Conference play was not as east, as the Sooners went 3-4 to start conference play before a 5-game losing streak hit to drop the Sooners to 3-9. Oklahoma responded well, winning 4 of their last 6 games, but still finished below .500 in conference play at the end of the regular season. Christian James led the Sooners in scoring with 14.5 points per game while Brady Manek added 11.7 points per game and Kristian Doolittle had 11 points with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game this season. Jamal Bieniemy added a team-high 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 71.2 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.
West Virginia is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 conference games. Oklahoma is 19-9-3 ATS in their last 31 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 neutral site games. West Virginia is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
West Virginia stepped up their play a bit to end the regular season and definitely showed some signs of life, but the fact is that this Mountaineers isn’t the type of team that’s built to go far in a tournament like this. Oklahoma has simply been the more trustworthy team ATS on the whole this year and have done a good job beating up on the team that they should beat up on, and with this being a high-stakes scenario, I see Oklahoma winning this one by double-digits.