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Where: WVU Coliseum
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 4:00 pm ET
We have a Big-12 Conference match up to consider for Saturday afternoon when Oklahoma Sooners meet the twentieth ranked West Virginia Mountaineers for an afternoon of Big-12 college basketball. Oklahoma enters this matchup coming off a home win over Texas Tech that covered the +1.5 point spread. West Virginia is hoping to end a two-game losing streak and the Mountaineers failed to cover the spread in both games.
Oklahoma Beats Texas TechOklahoma is 17-11 overall with a 7-8 record in conference play this season. The Sooners have won two of its last five games and Saturday marks a one-game road trip. Oklahoma is 2-8 this season on the road and has covered the spread in two of its last five games. The Sooners are fourth in the Big-12 and if the NCAA Tournament were to begin today, Oklahoma would miss the tournament but currently, they are one of the first four in so they need to win this game and have a good Big-12 tournament.
The Sooners score an average of 70.5 points while allowing 67.8 points per game. Oklahoma is shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 32 percent from downtown and 76.6 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Oklahoma has three players scoring in double figures and are led by senior forward Kristian Doolittle. The senior forward is scoring 15.8 points with a team-high 8.9 rebounds and two assists per game. Doolittle is shooting 37 percent from long range and scored 19 points with seven rebounds in the Sooners home win over Texas Tech.
West Virginia Two Game Losing StreakWest Virginia is 7-8 in conference play with an overall record of 18-9 this season. The Mountaineers are 13-1 this season at home and have won one of its last five games. Saturday marks a one-game homestand and the Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS over their last five games. West Virginia is fourth in the Big-12 standings and if the NCAA Tournament began today, West Virginia would likely be the seventh seed in the East.
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The Mountaineers score an average of 70.1 points per game and allow 61.7 points per game this season. West Virginia makes 42.3 percent of its field goal attempts, 28.9 percent of its triple tries with a 63.6 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
West Virginia has two players scoring in double figures and is led by freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe. The frosh forward scores an average of 11.1 points with a team high 9.1 rebounds and a team high 1.1 blocked shots per game this season. Tshiebwe scored 14 points with six rebounds in the Mountaineers road loss to Texas.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take West Virginia in this matchup. This will be the fourth top 25 opponent Oklahoma has played in the past five games and I think these uphill battles and the big win over Texas Tech will have the Sooners thinking that they can beat anyone. Maybe they can but they aren’t going to beat West Virginia at home. Oklahoma snuck past West Virginia earlier this month but West Virginia is going to hammer them on the defensive end and that will be enough to win this game. I will take West Virginia to beat Oklahoma in this matchup.
Prediction: West Virginia
Full-Game Total Pick
We don’t have a total to point to for Saturday but I will be going with the UNDER in this matchup. The under is 3-2 over their previous five meetings and I suspect with these two defenses, this will go under the total as well. Both teams play slightly over the NCAA average tempo and while there might be enough possesions to exceed the total, neither offense is as good as the defense they face to put up big offensive numbers. I will play UNDER in this contest.