Oklahoma at West Virginia Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 18, 2017 in

The Oklahoma Sooners head into the mountains of Appalachia to take on the #7 West Virginia Mountaineers in Big 12 basketball action. The Sooners (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) ended a seven-game skid by knocking off Texas Tech at home, 84-75, on Saturday night to get their first conference win. The Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) knocked off Texas, 74-72, down in Austin on Saturday — but they also lost to those same Texas Tech Red Raiders, 77-76, for their only Big 12 setback. Let’s take a look at this matchup — and be sure to check all of our NBA betting odds and picks for the week ahead.

Oklahoma at West Virginia Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00pm ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
RadioOklahoma / West Virginia
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAA Basketball Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Sooners?

Expect Oklahoma to reverse that awful course they had started in early Big 12 play, now that senior guard Jordan Woodard is back in the starting lineup. He missed six games — all during that seven-game skid — due to injury and illness, but then he dropped 27 points on Texas Tech, 18 coming after halftime, and he made all 14 of his free throws. The attention that the Red Raiders had to pay to Woodard freed up Rashard Odomes to score a career-best 24 points and pull down 8 boards. Odomes put up 17 before halftime as the Sooners ran out to a 41-35 halftime advantage. Kameron McGusty and Khadeem Lattin also posted 10 points each for the Sooners. That kind of balance will serve them well against West Virginia — if they can break that press.

Why should you put your money on the Mountaineers?

It looked like West Virginia would follow up a home win over then-#1 Baylor with a pig’s breakfast of a loss at Texas, but then the Mountaineers shook off their second-half blues to rally for a win, behind 16 points from Teyvon Myers and 15 points from Jevon Carter. Texas was missing leading scorer Tevin Mack (suspension), and the Longhorns did cough the ball up 19 times against that West Virginia press, but they broke that intense defense enough times to keep West Virginia close — and then to take a six-point lead with 10 minutes left on the clock. If you like West Virginia, though, you see them putting more effort into that hard-core defense, which allowed Texas to shoot 50 percent from the floor in a 38-point second half.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I see West Virginia snapping back into shape after almost losing to one of the Big 12’s bottom-feeders. I predict a final score of West Virginia 80, Oklahoma 68.