Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-10) at West Virginia Mountaineers (18-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -11 -- Over/Under:
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the 19th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys dropped to 14-10 (4-7 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Baylor Bears, 67-56, this past Tuesday. Oklahoma State trailed by a 39-30 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a 6-1 Bears run gave Baylor a 65-53 lead with just under a minute left in regulation. Oklahoma State struggled offensively against the Bears and finished the game shooting just 37.3% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Mitchell Solomon who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 77.0 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma State has been led by Jeffrey Carroll (15.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), Kendall Smith (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Tavarius Shine (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and Lindy Waters III (8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.7. Tavarius Shine will be out for this matchup as he is currently out indefinitely due to a wrist injury suffered in late January.
The 19th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-6 (7-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 17th ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 75-73, this past Monday. West Virginia led by a 50-40 margin at halftime and held off a late run by Trae Young and the Sooners in the victory. West Virginia shot 42.3% from the field and 36.0% (9-25) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Sagaba Konate who had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 80.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Jevon Carter (16.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 3.3 spg), Daxter Miles Jr. (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Lamont West (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), and Sagaba Konate (10.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.2 bpg). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 6.5.
The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 13-4 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win however, are just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win.
Oklahoma State has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although the Cowboys come into this matchup ranked T-98th in scoring offense, Oklahoma State has struggled lately in their last 4 losses the Cowboys are averaging just 64.3 ppg which is almost 13 points below their season average. West Virginia lost 5 of 6 games recently, however, it has looked as if the Mountaineers have figured things out as West Virginia is coming off to impressive wins against Kansas State and Oklahoma. West Virginia has been led by their defense that ranks 52nd in scoring defense and 2nd in turnover margin. Oklahoma State hasn’t looked like the same team without Tavarius Shine I the lineup and as the Cowboys are just 1-5 away from home, I think West Virginia covers this large spread in a blowout victory. Take West Virginia to cover.