#13 West Virginia vs Oklahoma - Picks Of The Day, Feb 8th

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Joe Catalano

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:51 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 7:51 PM GMT

In somewhat of similar situation as the first game mentioned, the West Virginia Mounatineers have played rather well this season as they're currently ranked 13th in the nation. Tonight WVU takes on an Oklahoma Sooners squad which has won just 2 out of 10 conference games and appears to be headed for another "L" as the 6.5 point underdog.

#13 West Virginia vs Oklahoma

 

Rankings are Defined By Quality Wins

While the West Virginia Mountaineers and California Golden Bears possess almost identical records, it West Virginia who has defeated Baylor as the Bears were the top ranked team in the nation and WVU also defeated Kansas as the 2nd best team in the country. These quality wins will carry the Mountaineers a long way where the seedings are concerned for the Big Dance.

Tonight, WVU takes a major drop in class where the opposition is concerned as Oklahoma is going absolutely nowhere. That said, one of Oklahoma's rare conference victories came against West Virginia and look for the Mountaineers to return the favor as WVU has some unfinished business to tend to in search of revenge.

Oklahoma's leading scorer, Jordan Woodard, has really played poorly as of late and freshman Kameron McGusty has picked up the slack, averaging 17.6 points per game in his last 5 contests. Look for McGusty and Kristian Doolittle (8.7 points, 6.4 rebounds), who played well in Oklahoma's first encounter with West Virginia to be two of the key players in this game for Oklahoma if they're to have any chance of winning this game.

No "I" in Team

That's certainly the case for West Virginia as they have no definitive go to guy, but are a very deep team in which any player can get hot and lead the way. West Virginia produces 87 points per game with 8 players that average 6 points per game or more. Amazingly enough, senior Tarik Phillip, who's West Virginia's 5th leading scorer is their main source of offense at the moment and he's only seeing around 20 minutes of action per game. In Phillip's last 5 games, he's averaging 13.7 points per game. This is a player that could see more playing time as nobody has stood out offensively.

Despite not possessing a go to guy, look for West Virginia to get their revenge as they're simply the better overall squad.

NCAAB Free Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers -6.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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