The No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) will try to prolong their 13-game home winning streak when they meet the Iowa State Cyclones (9-12, 2-6 Big 12), who look to put an end to their six-game road losing streak. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Iowa State Cyclones at West Virginia Mountaineers Free Prediction
The Cyclones are hoping for a better outcome after their 72-68 loss to the Texas Longhorns in their last outing. Texas’ effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Iowa State. The Longhorns had a rate of 0.594 (above their season average of 0.514), while the Cyclones posted a mark of 0.500. Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton put together a solid game, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The last time the Mountaineers took the court, they defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 66-57. West Virginia’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Kansas State. The Mountaineers had a rate of 37.1 (below their season average of 40.3), while the Wildcats posted a mark of 27.8. Derek Culver was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. In the last contest, the Mountaineers won 90-75. The Mountaineers had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (46.2 vs. 33.3) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.558 vs. 0.492).
Look for West Virginia to dominate the offensive glass in this meeting. The Mountaineers rank first in offensive rebounding percentage (40.1 percent), while Iowa State ranks 295th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.0 percent).
Iowa State at West Virginia Free Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – West Virginia, O/U – Under
West Virginia ranks eighth in rebounds per game (41.2) while Iowa State ranks 195th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
The Cyclones rank 92nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.7) while the Mountaineers rank 259th (17.9).
West Virginia ranks sixth in assists allowed per game (9.4) while Iowa State ranks 144th (12.9).
The Cyclones rank 55th in steals per game (7.7) while the Mountaineers rank 187th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Iowa State ranks 44th in blocks per game (4.4) while West Virginia ranks 79th (3.7).
The Cyclones have been outscored by an average of 7.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Iowa State has defeated opponents by an average of 2.5 points.
During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 77.2 points per game (3.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.0 points per game (6.7 above their season average).