Betting on today’s Bearcats and Mountaineers game? Catch the action at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV, as the Mountaineers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Big 12 matchup, Cincinnati is favored by -4.5 vs. West Virginia. The over/under for the game is 144.5 points.
CINCINNATI BEARCATS VS WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +4.5
This game will be played at WVU Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.
WHY BET THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Mountaineers.
- Not only will West Virginia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Does Cincinnati Have What it Takes on the Road?
Through 20 games this season, Cincinnati has gone 14-6, including a 3-4 mark in Big 12 play. On the road, the Bearcats are just 2-4, compared to a 12-2 record at home.
So far this season, Cincinnati has been favored in 16 of its 20 games, going 13-3 as the favorite. The Bearcats enter this matchup on a two-game losing streak on the road, and over their last 10 games away from home, they are just 3-7.
As the favorite this season, Cincinnati has gone 7-9 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bearcats are 4-6 vs. the spread. On the road this year, Cincinnati is 3-3 vs. the spread and over their last 3 road games, they are 3-0 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Cincinnati games is 10-10. The average scoring total in their games is 144.1 points, which is lower than the average over/under line of 146.6 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points.
The Cincinnati offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. UCF. Overall their field goal percentage was 46.2% while connecting on 3 threes. Daniel Skillings led the scoring for the Bearcats, contributing 21 points. Additionally, John Newman III chipped in with 19 points.
The Bearcats’ defense is presently ranked 55th nationally, allowing an average of 66.4 points per contest. The Cincinnati defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 57 points and allowed UCF to connect on 3 threes.
Can the Mountaineers Grab a Win at Home?
West Virginia will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on Cincinnati. The Mountaineers are 7-8 at home this season and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home.
Overall, West Virginia is just 7-13 on the season, including a 2-10 record as the underdog. They come into this one as a 4.5-point underdog. On the year, they have an average scoring margin of -1.3 points per game at home.
As the underdog this season, West Virginia has gone 4-8 vs. the spread. Their home ATS mark is 7-8 for the year and over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mountaineers are just 3-7.
West Virginia’s over/under record for the season is 10-10, and the average scoring total in their games is 140.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is higher than the season average over/under line of 140.4. So far, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line.
West Virginia offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 66 points against Oklahoma State. In that game, they made 10/22 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 42.9%. Quinn Slazinski is leading the team in scoring at 13.7 points per contest. Raequan Battle has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 16.3 going into the game.
On the defensive side, West Virginia is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.6 points per game. West Virginia will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Oklahoma State to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.