West Virginia at Oklahoma
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Lloyd Noble Center
Oklahoma Sooners -10.5 -- Over/Under: 142
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to the Lloyd Noble Center to take on the Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The West Virginia Mountaineers snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 11-17 (3-12 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 104-96 in 3OT, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, the Mountaineers were able to pull away in the 3rd OT after a 10-0 run gave West Virginia a 100-91 lead with :59 seconds remaining. West Virginia shot 43.9% from the field and outrebounded TCU by a 52-45 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Derek Culver who had a monster double-double with 22 points, 21 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, West Virginia is averaging 72.0 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by James Bolden (12.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Esa Ahmad (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Derek Culver (11.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Lamont West (10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg).
Defensively, West Virginia is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The Oklahoma Sooners had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-11 (5-10 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones, 78-61, this past Monday. Oklahoma trailed by just a 37-36 margin at halftime, however, was overmatched on both ends of the floor in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Iowa State took a 63-47 lead with 9:17 left in regulation. Oklahoma allowed Iowa State to shoot 51.9% from the field while the Sooners shot just 38.1% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sooners was Kristian Doolittle who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 70.7 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (15.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Kristian Doolittle (10.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Miles Reynolds (7.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Mountaineers are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Sooners are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
West Virginia has lost 8 of their last 10 games and has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Mountaineers currently rank just 201st in scoring offense, 319th in FG%, and 282nd in scoring defense.
Oklahoma has lost 6 of their last 10 games and although their defense has been strong, ranking 78th in scoring defense & 22nd in defensive FG%, the Sooners have struggled putting up points as they currently rank just 236th in scoring offense.
West Virginia was able to pick up a rare conference win agianst the Sooners earlier this season, however, this is going to be a much tougher challenge as the Mountaineers have been awful on the road this season, posting a 0-8 record. Oklahoma doesn’t have a many scoring options outside of Christian James, Brady Manek, & Kevin Doolittle, however, their defense has been solid this season. West Virginia has lost their 8 road games this season by a margin of 18.1 ppg and as I just don’t see their offense finding success agianst the Sooners defense, I’m taking Oklahoma to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!