The West Virginia Mountaineers have cracked their way into the Top 25 teams in the early part of the NCAA Basketball betting season, and will be looking to continue rolling when they welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd into Charleston Civic Center on Thursday, December 17. Tip-off is set for 7 PM EST on ESPNU.
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Thundering Herd vs Mountaineers NCAAB Betting Game Preview
Why bet on the Marshall Thundering Herd
The Thundering Herd (3-6) saw their season get off to a horrific start, opening up with 6 straight losses. They are coming into this one on a 3-game winning streak, but all of those victories have come on home court, and against opposition inferior to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Non-conference games have not been very kind to Marshall, as they are a combined 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games played out of conference. When they face a team with a winning percentage over .600, the Herd are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7. While the game is being played in West Virginia, it is still considered a neutral venue game because it is not at WVU Coliseum. The Under is 5-1 in Marshall games played in neutral venues.
Why bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers
It has been an excellent 8-1 start for the Mountaineers, and they are totally deserving of their current #20 ranking. The Mountaineers have proven to be a pretty solid bet against the spread this season, and are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. They have also performed well against non-conference foes, going 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games. The Mountaineers scored 100 points in their last game, which is also a good sign for them, as they have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after racking up 100 points or more in their previous start. The last 7 games that WV has played at a neutral site has seen the UNDER go 6-1.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If you are looking to play it safe, I would definitely take the Mountaineers straight up, and perhaps add a couple more teams to the parlay to sweeten the pot. This one really is more about the margin of victory.
Marshall Thundering Herd 64 West Virginia Mountaineers 80