Oklahoma has played its best basketball inside the Lloyd Nobel Center this season, which makes it a top pick against West Virginia Tuesday night.
West Virginia has won three games in a row, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it comes off a 77-58 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 17.5-point home favorites last week.
The Mountaineers’ 10 wins away from home are the most road/neutral site victories in Division I this season, while they’ve gone 16-0 SU this year when holding opponents to 69 or fewer points.
Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the program is 2-4 SUATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).
Oklahoma has compiled a 9-1 SU record when playing in Norman, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it boasts a +21.9 average scoring margin in those 10 affairs.
The Sooners have held 18 of their 21 opponents below their season average in points at the time of competition, while they’ve limited foes to 61.3 points a contest on 37.4 percent shooting.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the school is 5-1 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.
The Mountaineers have taken 360 more shots than their opponents this season—made possible by leading the country with 261 steals and grabbing 17.3 offensive boards per game.
West Virginia has eight players with 20 or more steals and enters averaging 23.2 points per game off turnovers in 2014-15.
Sports bettors will find that the Mountaineers have wins over 25 ranked teams during Bob Huggins time on campus.
The Sooners suffered an embarrassing 86-65 setback to the Mountaineers as four-point road underdogs on Jan. 13, as they lost the turnover battle by a 22-9 margin, while also finishing with a minus-seven differential on the offensive glass.
Oklahoma’s starting lineup will be motivated to avenge that loss, especially since the group shoots a combined 53.4 percent from the floor at this venue, with guards Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield knocking down 53 of 101 shots from beyond the arc in that situation.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Sooners as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the home team has won and covered the number in the last four installments of this series.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -6 at Pinnacle