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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, WV
The Line
West Virginia Mountaineers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Oklahoma State at West Virginia
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into this game looking to build on a 61-58 win over Texas in their last outing. Lindy Waters III led the Cowboys with 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a perfect 5 of 5 mark from 3-point range along with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Cameron McGriff added 12 points with 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks while Thomas Dziagwa and Michael Weathers each contributed 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Cowboys in the win. Isaac Likekele chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists as well in the victory. McGriff leads Oklahoma State with an average of 13.3 points and 8 rebounds per game while Likekele leads the Cowboys in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 69.5 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 67% from the foul line this season.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 71-69 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. Lamont West led the Mountaineers with 21 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 5 threes while Derek Culver added 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting and 12 rebounds for the double-double and Jermaine Haley added 13 points to round out the trio of scorers in double figures for WVU in the losing effort. Esa Ahmad was held to just 9 points but still leads the Mountaineers with an average of 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while James Bolden leads West Virginia in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 75.6 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

Oklahoma State is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 conference games. West Virginia is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games. Oklahoma State is 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

This year’s Mountaineers team looks to be far removed from the teams of years past, as they’ve been far from a sure thing at home and haven’t been tough defensively for most of the year. However, even during this 3 game losing skid, the Mountaineers held Texas Tech and Texas to just 62 and 61 points respectively and even though Oklahoma State picked up a win over Texas in their last outing, the fact is that Oklahoma State is still a team that struggles to score the basketball and have had issues covering the spread this season, both overall and on the road. The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and have covered just once in their last 9 games and I think their drought continues as West Virginia snaps out of their funk and picks up a win and cover here.

Pick:
West Virginia -5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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