NCAA men’s basketball features a compelling match up in the Big 12 conference tonight between Oklahoma and West Virginia. Both are looking to prove they have what it takes to run the table in the Big 12 conference, so this is a huge game with a lot on the line. Oklahoma is looking to bounce back after their crushing defeat to Iowa State which ended with a final score of 81-75.
Oklahoma, currently ranked No. 21 in the country, had their offense stifled in the second half against Iowa State, and they will be hoping to pick up their fast-tempo offense against West Virginia tonight. Despite West Virginia not beating a ranked team in more than two years, Oklahoma needs to remain focused. They have one of the best offenses in the country thanks to their scorers Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler, and they will need to score fast and often.
Hield is averaging 17 points per game. If he can continue this output and Oklahoma can stay active on defense, they have a great shot at beating West Virginia tonight. Another factor that will be huge in tonight’s game is the rebounding of Spangler. He’s one of the best rebounders in the country, averaging 10.2 rebounds per game. This contributes to a lot of second-chance points for Oklahoma, and they will be hoping Spangler can dominate the boards tonight in hopes of getting an important victory.
West Virginia is hoping to score an upset, but there’s no reason to believe they will succeed as Oklahoma seems to be the better team at this point in the season. Oklahoma will dominate the boards, and their high-scoring offense will be the difference in this matchup.