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Iowa State Visits West Virginia for a Big 12 Showdown

Big conference games remain on the NCAA basketball schedule, such as Monday night’s matchup in the Big 12 between the visiting No. 15 ranked Iowa State Cyclones and the No. 11 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. The current line has West Virginia favored by 5 points with the over/under point total on 158.

On the season, Iowa State has an overall record of 19-8 straight up and 12-11 against the spread. On the road, the Cyclones are 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS.

West Virginia on the season has a record of 20-7 SU and 14-10 ATS. At home, the Mountaineers are 11-2 SU and 7-3 ATS.

Iowa State’s Jameel McKay a senior center has been in the doghouse of late. However, he could play when the Cyclones meet the Mountaineers. He was in uniform on Saturday but did not play versus TCU. No reason has been released as to why the senior center was disciplined.

Earlier in February, McKay was suspended two games by the team. He is averaging 11.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. West Virginia is in a three-way second place tie in the conference, but has not played well of late losing three of its past four games overall.

Daxter Miles Jr. a sophomore guard for West Virginia could miss his third straight game due to a hamstring issue. His status is uncertain. If he does play, he will not be 100% and that could hurt as much as help the Mountaineers.

Deonte Burton scored 23 points and pulled down 14 boards for Iowa State in McKay’s absence. George Niang scored 27 points, which was the 12th time he scored 20 points or more this season. Niang is the team leader in scoring this season.

Devon Williams a junior forward for West Virginia has four double-doubles in his last seven games. His best showing during that stretch was 17 points and 18 rebounds in the Mountaineers win earlier against the Cyclones on February 2.

West Virginia is coming off a loss on Saturday to Oklahoma.

Iowa State was 5-0 SU and against West Virginia in previous meetings until its loss earlier this month at home versus the Mountaineers.

The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the past 4 games between the two teams.

Prediction: Iowa State has its problems with McKay, but overall the team is as talented as West Virginia and will give the Mountaineers a tough time on their home court. That means covering the 5 points is a solid choice. Lean toward the Cyclones in this one.

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