West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones, Las Vegas Odds, Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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17-4 January 31, 9:00 PM | Hilton Coliseum 13-7

When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Where: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Team  Spread Money Line Total
West Virginia Mountaineers -3 -110 -160 Ov 154.5 -110
Iowa State Cyclones +3 -110 +140 Un 154.5 -110

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Iowa State Cyclones will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Hilton Coliseum.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (17-4, 5-3 Big 12): Point guard Jevon Carter posted team highs of 19 points and nine rebounds against the Aggies and hit two 3-pointers to help hold off a late surge. Forward Esa Ahmad added 14 points and six assists, while guard Daxter Miles Jr. added 10 points and three steals. Known as “Press Virginia,” the Mountaineers lead the nation in forcing turnovers (22.7) with Carter ranking among the nation’s best with three steals per game.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (13-7, 5-3): Junior Donovan Jackson came off the bench to match his career high with 16 points against Vanderbilt, fellow guard Matt Thomas added 14 and forward Deonte Burton chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double this season. Morris (16.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds) has been at his best in the last six games, averaging 19.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 46.2 beyond the arc. Morris is complemented on the wing by Nazareth Mitrou-Long (15.3 points, 49 3-pointers) and Thomas (11.9 points, 49 3-pointers) and inside by Burton (13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds).

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Mountaineers listed as 3-point favorites versus the Cyclones, while the game’s total is sitting at 154.5 according to GTBETS.

Iowa State was a 84-78 loser in its last match on the road against Commodores. They failed to cover the -2-point spread as favorites.

West Virginia was a 81-77 winner in its last match at home against Aggies. They failed to cover the -15-point spread as favorites.

West Virginia’s vaunted press defense has been known to befuddle many a point guard. The No. 12 Mountaineers will face perhaps their biggest test when they tangle with Monte Morris and the rest of the Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday in Ames, Iowa.

On a day when Morris became the Cyclones’ all-time assists leader (666), surpassing Jeff Hornacek, and tallied 25 points and three assists against no turnovers, Iowa State was outscored 43-18 during a stretch bridging both halves which turned an 11-point lead into a 14-point deficit in an eventual 84-78 loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday. “(The assist record) is a good thing, but at the end of the day it’s a team thing. I’ll talk about that after I’m done playing here,” Morris told the Ames Tribune after the game. “We can’t turn it on and turn it off.” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins relayed a similar sentiment after his team blew a big lead in holding off Texas A&M 81-77 on Saturday. “We were up (20) early in the second half and we stopped guarding,” Huggins told reporters after the contest. “They started making shots and they got some confidence. I constantly tried to explain to these guys, ‘You’re playing high-level major college teams. They have guys who can play.'”

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West Virginia:
Team record: 17-4 SU,10-8 ATS
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of West Virginia’s last 8 games

Iowa State:
Team record: 13-7 SU,9-8 ATS
Iowa State is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa State’s last 7 games
Iowa State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
West Virginia home to Oklahoma State Saturday, February 4
Iowa State at Kansas Saturday, February 4


1. Iowa State leads the all-time series 5-3, including winning three of four in Ames, but West Virginia has won the last two.

2. Morris, who has just two turnovers in 154 minutes played in the second half of Big 12 games, and Hornacek are the only players in school history with 1,000 points, 600 assists and 200 steals.

3. Iowa State has suffered seven losses, with four of them coming to teams (Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga and Cincinnati) that are ranked in the Top 20, including three in the Top 10, and own a combined record of 80-5.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers will cover the spread at -3 and the game will go over 154.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: West Virginia 85, Iowa State 78 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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