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West Virginia vs. Iowa State - 3/6/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa State at West Virginia
Date & Time Wednesday March 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, West Virginia
The Line
The Line: West Virginia +7.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Iowa State at West Virginia
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The Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the WVU Coliseum.

The Iowa State Cyclones need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 78 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Marial Shayok is averaging 18.7 points and two assists while Lindell Wigginton is averaging 13 points and 3.8 rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Jacobson is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Iowa State Cyclones have split their last eight road games.

The West Virginia Mountaineers also need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The West Virginia Mountaineers are averaging 72.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Sagaba Konate is averaging 13.6 points and eight rebounds while James Bolden is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 assists. Esa Ahmad is the third double-digit scorer and Derek Culver is grabbing 9.6 rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The West Virginia Mountaineers have split their last six home games.

The Cyclones are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mountaineers are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Mountaineers last 5 Wednesday games. The over is 8-3 in Cyclones last 11 overall.

The Iowa State Cyclones are going some issues at the moment, dropping four of their last six and struggling defensively. The West Virginia Mountaineers have a great home court, but this is an inexperienced team that can't make shots and is shooting 39.8 percent from the field in their last five games. Losses or not, Iowa State is one of the better shooting teams in the country and that makes this a bad matchup for a WVU side that can't counter. There's a reason the Cyclones beat the Mountaineers by 25 points back in January. I like for the Iowa State Cyclones to get back on track as they gear up for the Big 12 Tournament. 

Pick:
Iowa State -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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