West Virginia vs. Iowa State Pick
Is No. 7 West Virginia in danger of being upset on the road when it faces Iowa State tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, West Virginia is favored slightly on the road, as the Mountaineers are getting odds of -3 points against Iowa State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 154.5 points. West Virginia has won and covered the spread in the last two meetings with Iowa State.
West Virginia has won two straight coming into today. The Mountaineers now sit 17-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12. WVU is only 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 games and now sits 8-8 against the spread on the season. WVU is putting up 87.8 points per game on offense while giving up 65.5 points per game. On the road, the numbers drop to 76.6 on offense and 72 on defense. Jevon Carter and Esa Ahmad are each averaging 12 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Carter also adds 3 steals and 4.7 assists per contest.
Iowa State is coming off an 84-78 loss at Vanderbilt. The Cyclones are now 13-7 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12. Iowa State is 9-8 against the spread this season and 4-3 ATS at home. The Cyclones are averaging 80.8 points per game on offense while allowing 69.1. At home, the Cyclones hold opponents to just 61.8 per game. Monte Morris is leading the team with 16.4 points and 5.8 assists per game while Nazareth Mitrou-Long is adding 15.3 points per game.
West Virginia hasn’t been playing well, but Iowa State isn’t either. The Cyclones are only 2-4 against the spread after a loss this season and their offense should struggle to keep pace with what West Virginia can do. The Mountaineers have the capability to be an elite team, which is something we haven’t seen from the Cyclones. Look for WVU to put it together tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WEST VIRGINIA -3