The Mountaineers and Cyclones are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN2. The Cyclones will host the game at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. The odds for this Big 12 conference game currently have Iowa State as the -18 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 143.5 points.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS VS IOWA STATE CYCLONES BETTING PICK

The Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +18

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Even though we have Iowa State winning straight-up, we like West Virginia at +18.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Mountaineers?

West Virginia is coming off a win over UCF, and they will look to end their seven-game road losing streak tonight. On the season, the Mountaineers are 0-7 on the road, and they have an average scoring margin of -17.0 points per game away from home.

Overall, West Virginia is 9-17, including a 4-9 record in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers have been the underdog in 18 of their 26 games, going 4-14 in those contests. As the underdog, they have an average scoring margin of -10.4 points per game.

West Virginia’s ATS mark for the season is 10-16, but they have struggled vs. the spread on the road this year, going just 1-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mountaineers are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

West Virginia’s over/under record this season sits at 13-12-1, and today’s over/under line of 143.5 is right in line with the average scoring total in their games this year (143.3). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, and their last three games have averaged 154 points.

West Virginia is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 77 points versus UCF. This output is higher than their season-average of 68.8 points per game. Currently leading the team in scoring is Quinn Slazinski who comes into today’s matchup averaging 12.9. Raequan Battle also heads into the game with a PPG average of 16.7.

Coming into today’s game, the West Virginia defense is giving up an average of 74.5 points per contest. West Virginia’s three-point defense is currently 223rd in the country at 8.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.7% of their shots vs. West Virginia.

Can the Cyclones Grab a Win at Home?

Heading into tonight’s game against West Virginia, Iowa State is 15-1 at home this season with an average scoring margin of +25.1 points per game. Over their last 10 games at home, the Cyclones are a perfect 10-0.

On the year, Iowa State is 20-6 overall and 9-4 in Big 12 play. They have been the favorite in 18 of their 26 games, going 16-2 in those matchups. In their last game, the Cyclones lost to Houston, 73-65.

At home this season, Iowa State has an ATS record of 12-3-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cyclones have gone 7-2-1 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, they are 2-1 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iowa State games is 15-11. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (138.1). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

In their recent matchup, the Iowa State offense ended with 65 points against Houston. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.8% and made 9 threes. Leading Iowa State in scoring vs. Houston was Keshon Gilbert with his 17 points. Tre King also added 13 points for the Cyclones.

Coming into today’s game, the Iowa State defense is giving up an average of 62.9 points per contest. The Iowa State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Houston to connect on 7 threes.