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Iowa State vs West Virginia Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 8th Betting Odds
Cyclones vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Iowa State Cyclones at West Virginia Mountaineers
- Where: Morgantown at WVU Coliseum
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds: Iowa State +3.5, IOWAST +141 | WVIR -174 O/U 135.5
Iowa State will take the floor against the Mountaineers with an overall record of 16-6. So far, the Cyclones have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. For the season, Iowa State has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 6-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cyclones being +3.5 point underdogs.
Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes, who is averaging 13.59 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 19.22% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.32 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 13.18 points per game. Between him and Kalscheur, they are accounting for 37.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Iowa State this season, as they are currently ranked 345th in college basketball at 66.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cyclones’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.1%, placing them 359th in the NCAA.
West Virginia heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-9. So far this season, West Virginia has played 15 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-4. The Mountaineers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, West Virginia has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2.
West Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Erik Stevenson who is averaging 14.91 points per game for the Mountaineers. Stevenson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Mountaineers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tre Mitchell who has hit 48.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.96 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for West Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 289th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 333rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5
In this matchup between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Iowa State Cyclones, the oddsmakers have West Virginia as the -3.5 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Mountaineers to cover the spread as the home favorites. We are looking for the Mountaineers’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, West Virginia is averaging 6.3 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 32.8%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Iowa State has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking West Virginia laying the points.