Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (13-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 6, 2018, 7:15 PM (EST)|
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -4.5 -- Over/Under:
The marquee college basketball matchup on Saturday comes to us out of the Big 12, as the #7 Oklahoma Sooners take on the #6 West Virginia Mountaineers.
The #7 Oklahoma Sooners will look to build on their current 10 game winning streak and remain unbeaten in conference play after improving to 2-0 in conference with a 109-89 win over Oklahoma State in their last outing. Brady Manek led the team with 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting with 6 threes, while Trae Young came right behind with 27 points on 7 of 17 shooting with a 12 of 13 mark from the foul line, 10 assists and 9 rebounds for a near triple-double. Kameron McGusty added 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples, while Christian James added 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Sooners in the win. Khadeem Lattin and Ty Lazenby each added a pair of steals as well in the win. Young leads the team with a double-double per game, with 29.4 points and 10.6 assists, while Lattin leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma owns the top scoring offence in the country with 95.8 points per game, on 50.6% shooting from the field, 40.5% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
The #6 West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking to add a marquee win to their current 13 game winning streak after improving to 2-0 in conference play with a 77-69 win over Kansas State in their last outing. Teddy Allen led the team with 22 points and a pair of steals in just 19 minutes, shooting 8 of 12 from the field. Lamont West came 2nd with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes, while Daxter Miles Jr. and James Bolden each added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Mountaineers. Miles Jr. added 7 assists and 3 steals, while Bolden went 4 of 9 from the floor with a pair of threes. Sagaba Konate added 8 points and a pair of blocks, while Jevon Carter added a team-high 8 rebounds and 10 assists with 3 steals. Carter leads the Mountaineers with an average of 16.6 points and 6.6 assists per game, while Konate leads the way in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is scoring 84.2 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 74% from the foul line this season.
Oklahoma is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 conference matchups and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 12-1 in their last 13 games overall. West Virginia is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 Saturday games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Morgantown may be the hardest place to go on the road and cover let alone win. However, if there’s one team that can do it, it’s the Sooners. Oklahoma has been the talk of the college basketball world with their prolific offense, and let’s face it, West Virginia is known for their defense, but the defense hasn’t been as good as years past, and Oklahoma has been lighting up the scoreboard at will this season. On top of that, we’re getting points with the Sooners, so I think taking the points with Oklahoma is the best bet in what should be an entertaining affair from the opening tip.