College Basketball Predictions: Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Wednesday, 2/5/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  West Virginia -1.5
Current Betting Line:  West Virginia -1.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The West Virginia Mountaineers are 74-24 SU at WVU Coliseum under head coach Bob Huggins

Oklahoma had its four-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it suffered a 81-75 defeat to the Iowa State Cyclones as seven-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.  The Sooners have all five probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore guard Buddy Held leading the way at 17.0 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  The program is 4-1 SU all-time against West Virginia, including wins in all three meetings a season ago.  Oklahoma is 8-2 ATS as an underdog this season.

The Sooners own a 7-3 record away from home this season, which is the best such mark in the Big 12 Conference.  Oklahoma sophomore forward Ryan Spangler is a key player to handicap in this affair, as he’s averaging 12.4 points and 13.3 rebounds over his last seven games.  Defensively, in the team’s first four conference games it gave up an average of 82.3 points, but it has surrendered an average of 71.0 in its last five affairs.

West Virginia has won and covered the number over its last two games, including a 81-71 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as four-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six affairs.  The Mountaineers are 74-24 SU in the WVU Coliseum under head coach Bob Huggins, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Under his direction at this venue, the team’s average margin of victory is 15.1 points.  West Virginia is 1-1 SUATS as home favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

The Mountaineers are 9-0 SU when allowing 69 or fewer points per game this season, but that’s going to be a hard feat to accomplish against a talented offensive foe.  West Virginia will lean heavily on guard Juwan Staten on the offensive end, as he’s scored 14 or more points in 14 straight games, including 20 points or more in four of his past eight affairs.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series.

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