Final Four college basketball betting enthusiasts will see the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils try to knock off the second-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers and reach the NCAA Tournament national championship game when the two college hoops powers take to the court at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday at 8:45 PM ET.
Saturday, April 3, 8:45 PM ET
NCAAB Betting Odds: Duke -2.5
Duke (33-5 SU, 22-13-2 ATS, 15-22 O/U)
West Virginia (31-6 SU, 17-19 ATS, 15-19 O/U)
West Virginia 411
Mountaineers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Mountaineers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games as an underdog.
Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast.
West Virginia jumped all over the younger Kentucky Wildcats in the second half of their 73-66 Elite Eight win over the Wildcats on Friday.
The Mountaineers got a team-high 18 points from senior forward Da'Sean Butler to lead four players in double figure scoring and cover the NCAA basketball odds as 4-point underdogs and move to a perfect 4-0 ATS in their four tourney games.
Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Blue Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 6.5 or less.
Blue Devils are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big East.
The Blue Devils narrowly outscored the Baylor Bears in each half of their 78-71 win in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
Junior guard Nolan Smith scored a game-high and career-high 29 points for Duke to help the Blue Devils cash in for college basketball betting enthusiasts as a 5-point favorite while Jon Scheyer added 20 points in the win.
Analysis: I’m going to get right to the point with this pick for my college basketball betting brethren by saying that I really like the West Virginia Mountaineers to cover the Final Four betting odds with the outright ‘upset’ of the Blue Devils in this matchup.
I know Duke is the higher seed and have three players averaging at least 17 points per game this season, but I like West Virginia’s athleticism and outright determination, no matter how ‘ugly’ they play the game sometimes.
The Mountaineers have been really impressive in their wins over Kentucky the last time out and their dismantling of a underrated Missouri ballclub.
I know Duke has gone a spotless 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and an identical 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games, but the Blue Devils have also gone a disappointing 2-6 ATS in their last eight NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 6.5 points or less while getting handled thoroughly in their battles against Big East ballclubs (1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against Big East teams).
The Mountaineers have been a bankroll-boosting bonanza of a team recently, going 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning SU record.
West Virginia has also gone 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games and a scorching 7-1 ATS in their last eight neutral site games as an underdog.
I know the Blue Devils play the game the right way under Mike Krzyzewski and have some very capable players, but I’m banking on the feisty West Virginia Mountaineers, who will have the best player on the floor in Da’Sean Butler, to win this contest outright and cash in for college basketball betting enthusiasts everywhere.
NCAAB Expert Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers +2.5 Points