It wasn’t that long ago that most sports betting fans had written off West Virginia and the risked becoming little more than a March Madness betting afterthought. Playing in the hardscrabble Big East this team was always an NCAA odds favorite to make the NCAA basketball betting tournament but no one thought they had much of chance of actually winning the biggest prize in college basketball betting.
But here they are, just two wins away from hoisting the college basketball betting title and far outshining the rest of their highly acclaimed Big East competition. The team’s next game in the March Madness betting will likely be its most difficult yet when the Mountaineers face off against Duke in the Final Four odds.
WV is the best remaining defensive team in the NCAA basketball betting tournament and its unique 1-3-1 zone has shut down much more prolific scorers than any player Duke will throw at them. WV should be able to shut down the perimeter offense of Duke in this basketball betting matchup and force the Blue Devils to beat them in the paint. Duke has solid big men but they’re not good enough to beat WV by themselves.
In fact, the Dukies’ perimeter oriented offense is a perfect matchup for WVs smothering defense and if you’re Coach Bob Huggins you have to be licking your lips.
Duke is arguably the best team remaining in the March Madness betting and many NCAA odds makers have them beating WV, but the Mounties’ zone is a very tough matchup for the Blue Devils and WV should prevail.