JAN 17 - 2017 College Basketball Free Picks Oklahoma At West Virginia

Oklahoma At West Virginia Spread, Free Pick & TV Info

Written by on January 17, 2017

The Big-12 Conference underwent something of a shake-up last week, with West Virginia defeating the previously unbeaten Baylor Bears. That defeat was enough to send the Bears tumbling from the top ranked team in the nation to the #6 spot, and it also helped the Mountaineers see their stock rise. West Virginia are now the #7 ranked team in the country, but maintaining that ranking is going to be tough, as they play in a conference that is looking good this year. Their next match-up is one that looks straightforward on paper, but which could end up being a banana peel if they don’t go in with the right attitude. The Oklahoma Sooners have not been particularly good this season, but they do have a winning record over the Mountaineers in recent seasons, which is something that cannot be ignored. Kansas are on the schedule for West Virginia next week, and they cannot get sucked into looking ahead to that huge game before taking care of business in their next two, starting on Wednesday night at home to Oklahoma. Find out more about the latest college basketball odds here.

Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 College Basketball Free Picks: Sooners At Mountaineers

When: Wednesday, January 18 at 7 PM EST Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown TV: ESPN2 Live Stream: Watch ESPN NCAAB Odds: TBA  

Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners

At just 7-9 on the season, you really wouldn’t think that the Oklahoma Sooners would have a chance against one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, but given that they are coming off their first conference win of the season, you might now be looking at a team that has a newfound level of confidence. It’s also worth remembering that the Sooners are 7-3 SU in their last 10 meetings with the Mountaineers, including taking 2 of 3 last year. Yes, I understand that these are two teams heading in very different directions at the moment, and that the Sooners have yet to pick up a road win this season, but there is still no escaping the fact that Oklahoma has had the better of this match-up in recent times.

Why bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers

We are all so focused on the big wins that a team delivers that we often forget to pay attention to what happens immediately after said wins. There is no denying that the Mountaineers win over #1 ranked Baylor last week was one of the biggest in recent memory for this program, but you also need to look at how they struggled to get by the Texas Longhorns in the very next game. That unexpected battle may have come at just the right time, as it will have the Mountaineers coming into this one a little more prepared. It certainly helps that they will be back in their own building, where they are a perfect 10-0 this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is one game where I think we can throw history out the window. The gap in talent between these two teams seems huge right now, and I just don’t see any way in which the Mountaineers lose this game.

Oklahoma Sooners 63 West Virginia Mountaineers 78