Free NCAA Hoops Pick: West Virginia vs Murray State CBB Odds
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(24-10) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Murray State Racers (26-5)
East Region: NCAA Tournament
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: West Virginia -600 / Murray State +450
CBB Betting Odds: West Virginia -10
CBB Betting Total: 145.5
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West Virginia strikes me as a dangerous team in this competition, based on where it’s seeded.
The Mountaineers were one of two teams to beat Virginia this season, beat Mizzou in the non-conference and finished T-2 in the Big-12, despite going through a serious rough patch. They also have one of the very best players in the nation in Jevon Carter, who isn’t quite getting as much attention as I expected.
But you can’t deny WVU’s brutal draw. It will likely have to beat Wichita State to reach the Sweet 16 and then Villanova to get beyond that. It doesn’t get any more difficult than that for a 5-seed.
Still, after falling short of the Sweet Sixteen with just about the same group last year, Bob Huggins has to be confident this season’s team is more prepared, even if it wasn’t immaculate in the regular season.
I would be shocked to see WVU get through Wichita and Villanova, but if it catches a break somewhere, it can go.
I liked Belmont a bit better in the Ohio Valley this season but it was Murray State that emerged victorious in the conference championship.
It isn’t like the Racers weren’t qualified. They won the regular season title outright and then won the championship game by 16 on a neutral floor.
Jonathan Stark is the man at nearly 22 points per game but he has to deal with Carter and that tenacious West Virginia full-court press.
Murray State barely cracks the top-60 at KenPom. That isn’t bad, but he has West Virginia about nine points better. I tend to agree with him and the spread, that this game will be right around ten points.
CBB Betting Trends:
- MURR are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Fri. games.
- Under is 6-2-1 in WVU last 9 NCAA Tournament games.
- WVU are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Fri. games.
- Over is 8-3 in WVU last 11 neutral site games.
Free West Virginia vs. Murray State NCAAB Prediction: hard for me to play the sides, so I’ll go over.
The total is high, but for good reason. Murray State is not a slow-it-down ball club and the Mountaineers only make you go faster.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Over 145.5
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: West Virginia 87 – Murray State 78
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