West Virginia at Oklahoma - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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West Virginia Mountaineers (21-10) at Oklahoma Sooners (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Sprint Center)

The Line: Oklahoma Sooners +3.5 -- Over/Under: 135

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The 22nd West Virignia Mountaineers battle the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament.  The Mountaineers are (21-10), coming off a 76-64 home win over Baylor. The Sooners are (19-12), after upending TCU on the road, 78-76.

In the Mountaineers win over Baylor, West Virginia was guided throughout the game by Oscar Tshiebwe.  Tshiebwe is securing a double-double, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds. West Virginia connected on 46 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point distance.  The Mountaineers won the game from the foul line, out scoring Baylor 24 to 10 from the charity stripe. West Virginia led 24-22 at the half.  

Tshiebwe is averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Mountaineers.  Derek Culver is totaling 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. West Virginia is averaging 70.3 points on offense, while shooting 28.6 percent from 3-point range for the season.

In the Sooners win over TCU, Oklahoma was led offensively by Austin Reaves.  Reaves had a monster of a game, totaling 41 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Oklahoma connected on 42 percent from the floor and 39 percent from 3-point range.  The Sooners won the game, thanks to their solid foul shooting when the game mattered.  Oklahoma out scored TCU from the foul line, 19 to 8. The Sooners allowed TCU to hang around, due to their lack of guarding the perimeter.  TCU made 12 3-pointers against the Sooners 3-point defense.  

Kristian Doolittle is averaging 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for Oklahoma.  Reaves is contributing 14.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per contest. Oklahoma is recording 70.2 points, while converting on 42 percent from the floor for the year.  

Recent Betting Trends:

West Virginia is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games.

West Virginia is 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.

The under is 9-2 in West Virginia last 11 games. 

Oklahoma is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games in March.

Oklahoma is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.

The under is 13-6 in Oklahoma’s last 19 games. 

West Virginia has led the series in the last 10 matchups with Oklahoma, winning 6 of the 10.  The Mountaineers have an average offense at best, averaging 70 points per game, but ranking 341st in 3-point offense.  The Sooners are the 34th best field goal percent defense. West Virginia has been led by their defense this year. Coach Bob Huggins always seems to have a solid defense and this year has been no different.  The Mountaineers have the 16th best scoring defense and 13th best 3-point defense. Both defenses have been solid all year. The under has been profitable for both teams this year. The under has cashed 22 times in 31 chances for West Virginia.  The under is 18-13 for Oklahoma this year. I’m taking the under in a game that should be defensive minded. Final score prediction, West Virginia will win and the total goes under, 68-64. 

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Chris’s Pick Under 135.0

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