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West Virginia Mountaineers take on Cyclones in NCAA basketball test

West Virginia MountaineersIowa State Cyclones
Jan 16, 9:00 PM | Hilton Coliseum

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds

8-7TEAM RECORD11-4

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Iowa State vs West Virginia battle Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cyclones sit at 11-4 (4-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Mountaineers are currently 8-7 (4-8-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Iowa State is 7-2 OU, and West Virginia is 5-8 OU.

View West Virginia vs Iowa State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cyclones sit at No. 34 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mountaineers sit at No. 82 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cyclones will win this game 85-73.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mountaineers is ranked No. 47 in NCAA hoops at 38.5 per game. Contrast that with Iowa State’s No. 7 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Iowa State is the No. 3-ranked team in the country at 9.5 per game, while West Virginia rates No. 296 at 4.7 per game.

Defensively, West Virginia features the nation's No. 95-rated defense on the road, allowing 66 points per game. Iowa State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, West Virginia was a 65-64 loser at home against Kansas State. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Jabarie Hinds scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 65-64 to Kansas State at WVU Colliseum on Saturday).

Last time out for Iowa State, they were an 82-62 winner as they battled Texas at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. The Cyclones blew out Texas on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 82-62 win at Hilton Coliseum.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Purdue are 2-0
After playing Kansas State are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4

Iowa State Cyclones Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing TCU are 0-1
After playing Texas are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Mountaineers at Cyclones trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of West Virginia's last 11 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Iowa State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
West Virginia at Purdue, Saturday, January 19
Iowa State at TCU, Saturday, January 19

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