Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma State (+6)
WVU Coliseum is the site where and the West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7) will play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-7) on Saturday. West Virginia opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The total is set at 149.
Oklahoma State comes into this contest with a record of 17-7 this year. The Cowboys are shooting 33.9% on 3-point shots (156 of 460) and 70.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.3 points per outing (64th in the country) while going 46.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Oklahoma State is collecting 38.8 boards per contest and has earned 316 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 121st in the country in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Cowboys are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game while drawing 18.1 fouls. They are giving up 32.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 225th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (72.0). The Cowboys defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.0% (616 of 1,504) and they relinquish 35.5 boards per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 235th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 305 relinquished this year.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys faced off with the Baylor Bears and went home with a loss by a final score of 81-70 in their last game. Oklahoma State walked away from the contest with a 53.8% field goal percentage (28 of 52) and made 7 of 19 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Cowboys converted 7 of their 11 shots for a rate of 63.6%. With respect to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 23 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes for the contest while forcing 13 turnovers and earning 3 steals. When discussing defending, Oklahoma State allowed their opponent to shoot 50.8% from the field on 30 out of 59 shooting. Baylor earned 20 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, Baylor pulled down 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Baylor finished the game shooting 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 18 shots. They made 9 of 22 tries from distance.
Cade Cunningham is one guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He played 39 mins and also grabbed 7 boards. Cunningham finished the game at 52.6% from the field and earned 4 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Cowboys was Kalib Boone. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 23 min on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 4-of-6 (10 points). At the conclusion of this game, Boone had 2 assists.
West Virginia has a win-loss record of 18-7 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Mountaineers are connecting on 42.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 246th in college basketball. West Virginia has accumulated 1,938 points this year (77.5 per contest) and they grab 38.8 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.9 times per game (125th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.0 times per contest. The Mountaineers have committed 16.4 fouls per game while shooting 71.7% from the free throw line. The Mountaineers defensively are ranked 221st in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 71.6. They are able to force 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.7% from the field (193rd in college basketball). The West Virginia defense surrenders 32.5% on three-point shots (185 of 570) and opponents are converting on 69.6% of their free throw attempts. They concede 13.8 assists and 35.2 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 243rd and 192nd in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home victorious with a score of 76-67 when they played the TCU Horned Frogs. The Mountaineers were able to pull down 22 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while recording 7 steals in this game. The Horned Frogs were called for 23 fouls in this matchup which took the Mountaineers to the free throw line for a total of 30 shots. They were able to make 26 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 86.7%. With respect to shots from distance, West Virginia knocked down 8 of 21 tries (38.1%). In all, the Mountaineers ended up shooting 21 out of 61 from the field which had them shooting 34.4%. The Mountaineers allowed the Horned Frogs to convert 21 of their 54 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 38.9% in the game. They finished the game shooting 26.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 5 out of 19 and finished the contest at 20 of 26 from the free throw line (76.9%). With respect to cleaning the glass, West Virginia allowed TCU to grab 33 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Jalen Bridges ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers in this matchup. He knocked down 5 of 8 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and accumulated 12 rebounds. Bridges earned 22 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood, but left the arena with no assists. One more player that played a role for West Virginia was Derek Culver. He walked away with 2 dimes in his 25 mins on the court, and he shot 5 of 13 from the floor. Culver ended up shooting 38.5% from the floor and also totaling 17 points and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oklahoma State (+6)
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