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Mountaineers open as college hoops underdog vs Cyclones

West Virginia MountaineersIowa State Cyclones
15-12February 26, 2014, 08:00 | Hilton Coliseum21-5

A key college battle sees the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers travelling to Iowa State Wednesday to take on the Cyclones.

The Cyclones are 21-5 so far on the season, and 11-12-1 ATS vs. the number. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, are 15-12 and 12-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Iowa State go 14-10 and the Mountaineers go 15-8 on the totals.

View West Virginia Mountaineers vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Cyclones in this one found them listed as -10-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Mountaineers was expected to move the line.

The Cyclones - Mountaineers odds would favor the Mountaineers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iowa State is rated No. 175 in the current Odds Shark poll, while West Virginia is at No. 111.

Last time out for West Virginia, they were an 88-75 loser as they battled Baylor at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. West Virginia got 32 points from Eron Harris en route to an 88-75 loss at the hands of West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Colliseum.

Last time out for Iowa State, they were a 71-60 winner as they battled TCU on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 13.5-point favorite. The Cyclones grabbed a 71-60 win over the Horned Frogs on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from DeAndre Kane at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa State's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 83.62 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 203 at 73.3 PPG. The Cyclones field goal percentage has averaged 47.34% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.58% per game.

Next up:
West Virginia home to TCU, Saturday, March 1st
Iowa State at Kansas State, Saturday, March 1st