College Basketball Predictions: Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Monday, 2/10/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Iowa State -2.5
Current Betting Line: Iowa State -2.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Iowa State has won three games in a row, including a 84-69 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as 19.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests. The Cyclones have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Melvin Ejim leading the way at 19.8 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions. He leads the Big 12 Conference in that category—a number that’s up from 8.3 points a game a season ago. Iowa State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games versus teams with a winning record.
The Cyclones are averaging 9.5 three-point makes over their last six games, while they’ve compiled a perfect 7-0 record when scoring 90 or more points during the 2013-14 campaign. Through 21 games this season, Iowa State has 412 assists and just 233 turnovers—placing the squad behind just one team in the country in terms of assist-to-turnover ratio. Offensively, the team leads the conference and ranks fourth in the country in averaging 85.0 points per game, as it enters being the only roster to score 70 or more in every contest.
West Virginia had its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it suffered a 83-69 setback to the Kansas Jayhawks as 13-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for the seventh time in eight affairs. The Mountaineers are 75-24 SU in the WVU Coliseum under head coach Bob Huggins, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. All eyes will be on point guard Juwan Staten, who has had one or fewer turnovers in 17 of his last 31 games dating back to last season. West Virginia is 9-23-1 ATS in its last 33 home games.
The Mountaineers are 102-19 under Huggins when scoring 70 or more points, while posting a 107-7 mark when posting a higher shooting percentage than their opponent. West Virginia has two other probable starters averaging double figures other than Staten, with Eron Harris and Terris Henderson scoring 17.5 and 12.0 points a contest respectively.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 5-2 in the Mountaineers’ last seven games versus a team with a winning road record.
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