Oklahoma State took care of West Virginia in their regular-season finale on Saturday, and now the Cowboys will have projected No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham back for the rematch.
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It’s Conference Tournament week, which means college basketball betting options by noon!
So, grab your lunch and find a TV for a terrific Big 12 matchup on Thursday with the No. 10-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers facing off against the No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys from the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.
Here are our best free Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia picks and predictions for the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 11, with tipoff at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Oklahoma State vs West Virginia odds
For this being only a Big 12 quarterfinal game, it’s a monster matchup. West Virginia opened -2.5 Wednesday afternoon at FanDuel and, one hour before tipoff, is at -3.5, with 62 percent of bets and 64 percent of money on the Mountaineers. The total dropped from 151 to 149, and it’s now back up to 150, with 72 percent of bets/87 percent of money on the Over.
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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers betting preview
Oklahoma State: Cade Cunningham G (Questionable), Isaac Likekele G (Questionable), Chris Harris Jr. G (Out), Donovan Williams G (Out).
West Virginia: Isaiah Cottrell F (Out).
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Betting trend to know
Oklahoma State is 6-0 ATS in its last six games. Find more NCAA betting trends for Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia.
Against the spread (ATS) pick
This is actually a rematch from last Saturday’s regular-season finale for both teams. Oklahoma State won 85-80, despite coming in as a 10-point road underdog. What was most impressive about that contest was that the Cowboys shot a sizzling 67.4 percent from two-point range despite missing their two best players in Cade Cunningham and Isaac Likekele.
While Likekele’s status is still up in the air, Cunningham’s ankle injury is “not serious,” according to head coach Mike Boynton and we expect to see him on Thursday. Cunningham is the projected No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft and was just named the Big 12 Player of the Year after leading the conference with 19.7 points per game as a freshman.
Although the Mountaineers were one of the best defensive teams in the nation a year ago, they have struggled on that end of the floor this season. West Virginia is surrendering the second-most points per game during conference play (74.1) while ranking outside the Top-200 schools in the country in opponent two-point percentage at 51.3. That’s bad news against an Okie State squad that shoots 52.8 percent from inside the arc, with that number surging to 59.1 percent over the last six games.
The Cowboys are red-hot right now, going 6-1 SU and ATS over their last seven games. In addition to their win against WVU, they also notched victories against Texas Tech and Oklahoma (twice) during that span, with their only loss coming against the juggernaut that is Baylor.
If Oklahoma State beat West Virginia on the road without the conference player of the year, they should be able to replicate that feat on neutral ground with Cunningham back in the lineup. Take the Cowboys on the spread.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State +2.5 (-110)
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While the Mountaineers have taken a step back on defense this season they have played better on offense. West Virginia has four starters averaging over 11.0 ppg, led by Miles McBride (15.3 ppg, 4.7 apg) and Derek Culver (14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg).
Bob Huggins’ squad is second in the conference in scoring with 78.1 ppg against Big 12 foes and they have been cleaning up on the boards, ranking 11th in the nation in offensive rebounding rate.
Meanwhile, OSU is third in the conference in scoring with 76.2 ppg in Big 12 play and has cashed the Over in five straight contests.
The Mountaineers have also been money in the bank for Over bettors, going 13-3 O/U in their last 16 games. With the Over also hitting in six of the last eight meetings between these foes, back it again on Thursday.
PREDICTION: Over 151 (-110)
Oklahoma State vs West Virginia betting card
- Oklahoma State +2.5 (-110)
- Over 151 (-110)
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