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Iowa State CyclonesWest Virginia Mountaineers
18-4February 10, 2014, 07:00 | WVU Colliseum14-10

College hoops betting interest focuses on the West Virginia vs Iowa State battle Monday at WVU Colliseum as the Mountaineers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Mountaineers sport a record of 14-10 and 11-10 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cyclones have 18-4 and 10-9-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-8 for the Mountaineers and 12-8 for the Cyclones.

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

West Virginia opened as 2-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 133-ranked Mountaineers and the No. 114-rated Cyclones in this matchup.

Iowa State won its last outing, an 84-69 result against TCU on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 19.5-point favorite. Melvin Ejim poured in a team-high 48 points for Iowa State on Saturday, as they defeated TCU 84-69 at Hilton Coliseum.

West Virginia lost its last outing, an 83-69 result against Kansas on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 13-point underdog. West Virginia got 22 points from Juwan Staten but lost anyway, 83-69, to Kansas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features West Virginia's No. 29-ranked scoring average of 78.46 PPG, against a Cyclones defense rated No. 196 and allowing 72.86 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 44.53% to date this season, less than the Cyclones shooters have managed so far (47.59% per game).

Next up:
Iowa State home to Texas Tech, Saturday, February 15th
West Virginia at Texas, Saturday, February 15th