The eighth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers will look to extend their winning ways when they host the struggling Iowa State Cyclones in their Big 12 opener on Friday night. West Virginia is looking to take another step toward cementing its status as a legitimate national championship contender to be reckoned with. Iowa State is looking to pull off the huge upset to get back on track after a rocky start. Now, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in this affair so you can bet against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball Betting Predictions – Iowa State at No. 8 West Virginia
Iowa State Cyclones (1-3) Vs West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1)
- When: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET
- Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
- TV: ESPNU
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Why Bet On Iowa State
Iowa State has dropped two of three including a 74-65 loss against Kansas State in its Big 12 opener on Tuesday. Rasir Bolton scored a team-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting but had a whopping seven turnovers in the loss. Iowa State put up a good effort in the second half but could never overcome a 40-26 halftime deficit.
The Cyclones average 72.5 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting from the field (87th), 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, Iowa State gives up a generous 78.3 points per contest on 47.1 percent shooting from the field and 29.7 percent from three-point distance.
Why Bet On No. 8 West Virginia
Eighth-ranked West Virginia has won three straight with their only loss this season being a narrow 87-82 loss against No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 2. The Mountaineers got past a tough, 19th-ranked Richmond squad 87-71 on Sunday as Miles McBride scored a team-high 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting. Taz Sherman added 15 points and Sean McNeil and Oscar Tshiebwe each added12 points in the win.
The Mountaineers average 76.9 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field, 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, West Virginia limits the opposition to 68.6 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point distance.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Iowa State’s only hope in this contest is for Rasir Bolton to go bonkers and even that may not be enough. The 6-3 junior guard is undoubtedly talented as he leas Iowa State in scoring (15.8 ppg), rebounding (5.3) and assists (5.0).
Still, that won’t be enough to get past a West Virginia team that is playing lock-down defense at one end of the court while possessing a wealth of options offensively. For reference, the Mountaineers saw four of their five starters against Richmond all score in double figures.
Iowa State has failed to cover the spread in all three games this season while West Virginia has gone 4-2 ATS over its last six games. I like West Virginia for the double-digit home win in this conference clash!
Pick: West Virginia 81 Iowa State 67
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