It’s been a topsy-turvy ride in the Big 12 play for both the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Sooners are in need of more quality wins than West Virginia, but the Mountaineers are becoming more desperate to stop their slide. Will the Sooners add another win at the expense of West Virginia? Or will the Mountaineers get back on track with a much-needed win? Going into the game, college basketball futures price West Virginia at +3,00o to win the 2020 Championship, while Oklahoma has much longer odds at +20,000.
Betting Preview for the Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA College Basketball Game on February 29 2020
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (17-11 Overall / 7-8 Conference)
The Sooners resuscitated their chances to earn an invite to March Madness by scoring a win over the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday at home, 65-51. This Oklahoma win came on the heels of a three-game losing skid, a stretch that included a disappointing 83-66 road loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater last Saturday. Another win against a ranked team could very much assure Oklahoma a spot in the national tournament, and they have a golden opportunity to do just that this Saturday in the rematch against the Mountaineers, whom Oklahoma have already defeated earlier this month at home, 69-59. A key to that victory for the Sooners was their rebounding and defense. They beat West Virginia in its own game, winning the board battle, 42-41. Even though they were outrebounded on the offensive glass, 21-9, they held West Virginia down to only 31.6 percent shooting from the field. The Sooners are even second in the Big 12 in defensive two-point field goal percentage (44.0%) and fourth in defensive effective field goal percentage (47.0%)
The under is 6-4 in the Sooners’ last 10 road games.
Betting on the West Virginia Mountaineers (19-9 Overall / 7-8 Conference)
The Mountaineers still couldn’t seem to solve their problems in the Big 12. They have now lost five of their last six games, including three at the hands of unranked teams. In their latest outing, they embarrassed themselves in a 67-57 loss in Austin to the Texas Longhorns last Tuesday. Prior to that, the Mountaineers fell prey to the TCU Horned Frogs on the road, 67-60. West Virginia’s offense has taken a huge step back of late. The Mountaineers are averaging 70.1 points per game on the season but have put up just 60.7 over their last three games. The Mountaineers, as mentioned earlier, are a great rebounding team. They are seventh in the nation with 40.7 boards per contest. But they will have to be more efficient in converting extra possessions into buckets. In their loss to Oklahoma, they had 21 offensive rebounds to just nine by the Sooners. They also forced the Sooners to commit 19 turnovers, while West Virginia only had 11. West Virginia opponents are committing 15.9 errors per game.
The Mountaineers, who are tops in the nation with 13.5 offensive rebounds per game, are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games at home.
West Virginia wins, 70-60.
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