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How and what to watch for No. 11 West Virginia vs. Iowa State

West Virginia will look to bounce back after a loss against what has been an undermanned Iowa State team.

West Virginia Mountaineers forward Derek Culver catches a pass between Florida Gators forward Colin Castleton and guard Scottie Lewis during the second half at WVU Coliseum. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to avoid a slip up against a team nowhere close to their playing ability as they head on the road to take on the struggling Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday night.

West Virginia (11-5, 4-3 Big 12) saw three games postponed in January and returned for a pair of conference victories but lost on Saturday to the Florida Gators 85-80 at home during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Mountaineers’ leading scorer Miles McBride shot just 3 of 15 from the floor including 0 of 9 from the three-point line. He finished with nine assists, but he will need to shoot better for West Virginia to cover this spread.

Iowa State (2-9, 0-6 Big 12) is still looking for their first conference victory, and they’ve struggled to remain competitive in recent weeks. The Cyclones had four consecutive games postponed in January and have played two since returning. In their last three games, Iowa State has lost by an average of 29 points, though the Cyclones have been without plenty of key players the last two games with Tre Jackson, Javan Johnson, Solomon Young and Nate Schuster unable to play. It remains to be seen whether any of them will return to the court.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch West Virginia vs. Iowa State on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Point spread: WVU -11.5
Point total: 145.5
Money line: West Virginia -715, Iowa State +510

Betting Splits (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

West Virginia: 93% of handle, 89% of bets
Iowa State: 7% of handle, 11% of bets

  • The point total went over in five of West Virginia’s last six games.
  • Iowa State is 3-8 against the spread in their 11 games this season and is 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.

The Best Bet

Iowa State is terrible, and WVU runs bad teams out of the gym. They only won by 11 at Hilton earlier this year, but it should be a much bigger number at home.

Pick: WVU -11

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