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College basketball point spread favors Cowboys in battle with Mountaineers

West Virginia MountaineersOklahoma State Cowboys
11-8January 25, 2014, 02:00 | Gallagher-Iba Arena15-3

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gallagher-Iba Arena in NCAA basketball action.

The Mountaineers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 7-9 ATS against the number this season, while the Cowboys are 8-6 ATS. West Virginia is 8-7 on the totals; Oklahoma State is 8-6.

View West Virginia Mountaineers vs Oklahoma State Cowboys Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mountaineers were listed as 14-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Cowboys, most recently No. 22 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mountaineers, who rate No. 105 in the latest survey.

West Virginia was an 87-81 winner in its last match at home against Texas Tech. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Terry Henderson went off for 28 points and added 1 rebound, leading West Virginia over Texas Tech, 87-81, on Wednesday at WVU Colliseum.

Oklahoma State was an 80-78 loser in its last match on the road against Kansas. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Cowboys got 23 points from Phil Forte, III, but it was Kansas that prevailed in an 80-78 final on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oklahoma State has the nation's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 84.44 PPG. The visiting Mountaineers defense ranks No. 157 allowing on average 70.58 PPG. The Cowboys FG% has averaged 48.37% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.72% per game.

A few Mountaineers at Cowboys trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia's last 6 games
West Virginia is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of West Virginia's last 16 games on the road
Oklahoma State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Oklahoma State is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma State's last 7 games
Oklahoma State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
West Virginia at Baylor, Tuesday, January 28th
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, Monday, January 27th