West Virginia Mountaineers
(31-6, 17-19 ATS)
Duke Blue Devils
(33-5, 22-13-2 ATS)
The winners of the East and South Region will duke it out on Saturday night with a berth in the NCAA Tournament final on the line when the #1 Duke Blue Devils and #2 West Virginia Mountaineers face off in a Final Four betting tussle. The Big East champs have taken ten straight games overall to reach this point, including wins over #15 Morgan State (77-50), #10 Missouri (68-59), #11 Washington (69-56), and #1 Kentucky (73-66). The Dookies have had a very impressive road to reach the Final Four, going 4-0 SU and ATS against #16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (73-44), #8 California (68-53), #4 Purdue (70-57), and #3 Baylor (78-71).
Frontcourt play and athleticism are what HC Bob Huggins is going to try to bring to the table with full force against the Dookies on Saturday. His trio of forwards Da’Sean Butler, Devin Ebanks, and Kevin Jones is probably the best triumvirate of frontcourt players in the entire nation. Those three are combining to score over 40 points and bring in over three touchdowns worth of rebounds per night. The status of PG Darryl Bryant is still up the air, but the ‘Neers have already proven that they have the ability to win without him, as G Joe Mazzulla is coming off of a 17 point showing against the Wildcats.
The Dookies have their own trio of superstars to rely on. Gs Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer are really in sync right now, as they each scored at least 20 points against Baylor in the regional finals, but F Kyle Singler is coming off of a dismal game in which he only scored five points, all of which came from the charity stripe. It was the first game in Singler’s four year career in which he was held without a field goal. Those three for Duke are scoring over 53 combined points per game this year.
In 2008, the Mountaineers knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament with a 73-67 triumph as four point college basketball betting underdogs. The script could look awfully familiar in this one, as the aforementioned athleticism of West Virginia is similar to what really frustrated the Blue Devils against Baylor last Sunday. Look for WVU to march on to the final and pull off the mild upset.
Selection: West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia is a solid 12-2-1 ATS in its L/15 NCAA Tournament betting battles. Bookmaker Sportsbook currently has all of your Final Four betting lines available to you, including West Virginia at +2.5.