Against The Spread Pick
The Sooners got a huge resume win this past week as they handled Texas Tech with no problem. They beat the Red Raiders 65-51 to snap their three-game losing streak. Oklahoma is still projected to be one of the “Last Four In” according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. the Mountaineers stock continues to fall as they suffered a bad loss at Texas in their mid-week game. West Virginia are now a 7th seed in the projections. While they are unlikely to fall out of the field, they just need a win to regain some momentum. They also will want the best seed they can for the Big 12 tournament. The Mountaineers have been a very solid home team, going 13-1 straight up and 9-5 ATS. On the flip side, Oklahoma are very poor on the road, going 2-8. For Oklahoma, Kristian Doolittle is listed as probable in this game, but I do not love the Sooners in this spot so I will take the Mountaineers to win and cover.
Over Under Pick
I like the total in this game a lot more because of West Virginia’s defense. At home this team allows just 58.3 points. Oklahoma is certainly not a team that tends to light up the scoreboard, scoring just 67.7 points in road games. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings, 8-0 in the Mountaineers last 8 games against the Big 12, and 12-5 in Oklahoma’s last 17 against the Big 12. Look for the “Press Virginia” defense to show up in this game and to keep the Sooners at bay. I will take the under as my pick.