West Virginia Mountaineers vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA
Odds/Point Spread: West Virginia (-10)
James H. Hilton Coliseum is the venue where and the Iowa State Cyclones (2-9) will play the West Virginia Mountaineers (11-5) on Tuesday. The odds on this contest have West Virginia as 10-point favorites. The total has been set at 145.
West Virginia will enter this contest with a record of 11-5 on the season. The Mountaineers are connecting on 35.8% from downtown (114 of 318) and 69.9% from the free throw line. They average 75.7 points per contest (92nd in college hoops) while connecting on 42.4% from the field. They turn it over 11.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 16.6 personal fouls per contest. As a team, West Virginia is collecting 39.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 224 assists on the campaign, which ranks 98th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Mountaineers are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They rank 252nd in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 213 relinquished so far this year. The Mountaineers defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 42.9% (410 of 955) and they surrender 36.0 boards per contest as a squad. They are conceding 30.3% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 185th in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.3).
The West Virginia Mountaineers played the Florida Gators and took a loss by a final of 85-80 in their last game. West Virginia wrapped up the contest having earned a 39.7% FG percentage (25 out of 63) and knocked down 8 of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Mountaineers buried 22 of 31 attempts for a percentage of 71.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled 33 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 17 assists for the game as well as getting 6 steals and 3 blocks. In terms of defense, West Virginia let their opponent shoot 39.7% from the field on 25 out of 63 shooting. Florida recorded 15 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Gators collected 36 rebounds (9 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Florida went 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 25 of their 30 attempts. They also made 8 out of their 17 shots from long range.
Derek Culver is one player who was a factor in this game. He left the arena with 28 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and pulled down 12 rebounds. Culver ended up shooting 63.6% from the field but wasn't able to get an assist. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Mountaineers was Taz Sherman. He grabbed 3 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He finished shooting 36.4% from the field in the game by connecting on 4-of-11 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Sherman played for 30 minutes.
Iowa State has a record of 2-9 this year. Iowa State has accounted for 732 points so far this year (66.5 per contest) and they average 30.2 rebounds per contest. The Cyclones are committing 19.0 fouls per game and they go 74.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Cyclones are shooting 44.5% from the floor, which ranks them 168th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 10.6 times per contest (318th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.0 times per game. The Cyclones on defense are ranked 306th in D-1 in PPG given up with 77.2. They concede 12.9 dimes and 37.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 175th and 289th in college hoops. The Iowa State defense surrenders 30.0% on shots from distance (64 of 213) and opponents are making 73.2% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the floor (297th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Iowa State Cyclones took a loss by a score of 95-56 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Cyclones earned 23 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 32 in this contest. They also rejected 3 attempts while recording 5 steals for this game. The Bulldogs committed 17 personal fouls for the contest which took the Cyclones to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 72.0%. With respect to shots from distance, Iowa State buried 4 of their 24 attempts (16.7%). When the game finished, the Cyclones went 17 out of 50 from the floor which had them at 34.0%. The Cyclones allowed the Bulldogs to convert 37 of 73 attempts from the floor which had them at 50.7% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 42.1% from distance by going 8 of 19 and ended up going 13 out of 19 from the charity stripe (68.4%). In regard to rebounds, Iowa State allowed Mississippi State to get 38 in all (15 on the offensive side).
Rasir Bolton was important for the Cyclones in the game. He buried 4 out of 11 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, which earned him 18 points. Bolton snagged 7 boards in his 30 minutes played and had 2 dimes for the matchup. One more player who came through for Iowa State was Tyler Harris. He totaled 11 points in 25 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 9 from the floor for the matchup. Harris wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Iowa State (+10)
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