The No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-1) put their 10-game winning streak on the line when they square off with the Fordham Rams (5-4) at WVU Coliseum. Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
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The last time the Rams played, they were victorious over the Florida A&M Rattlers, 79-69. With 15 points, six assists and five steals, Fordham’s Joseph Chartouny put together a good outing. Fordham played a flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.208) and a turnover percentage of 15.3 (better than their season average of 15.3). Florida A&M was 0.176 and 19.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Mountaineers will look to maintain momentum after thoroughly outplaying the Coppin State Eagles in their last matchup, 77-38. West Virginia was lifted by Teddy Allen, who was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting. West Virginia played a flawless game. They had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 7.9 (better than their season average of 12.7) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 (above their season average of 36.1). Coppin State was 34.1 and 16.2, respectively, for those same stats.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the productive offense of West Virginia takes on the top-notch defense of Fordham. Since last season, the Mountaineers rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while the Rams are 51st in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Rams have committed the 55th-fewest errors in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 18.9 percent), while the pesky defense of the Mountaineers has caused the most (opponents turnover percentage of 28.2 percent).
Jevon Carter has really been playing well over the last five games for West Virginia, averaging 22.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
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Predictions: SU Winner – West Virginia, ATS Winner – West Virginia, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Mountaineers rank 15th in three pointers attempted per game (22.3) while the Rams rank 77th (24.7).
- Fordham averages 10.1 steals per game, which ranks second in the NCAA. West Virginia ranks 39th in steals allowed per game (5.6).
- West Virginia ranks 17th in rebounds per game (38.3) while Fordham ranks 260th (28.9).
- The Mountaineers rank 29th in blocks per game (4.9) while the Rams rank 166th (2.8).
- West Virginia averages 16.3 assists per game, which ranks 66th in the NCAA. Fordham ranks 169th in assists allowed per game (14.9).