NCAA hoops odds preview - Eastern Kentucky vs. West Virginia
Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds
College basketball wagering interest will be high on Sunday when the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky hit the hard court against the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
West Virginia will face the 10-2 Colonels, who own a 2-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Mountaineers are 3-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Colonels are 0-3 favoring the OVER.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Mountaineers as 9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 70 (Mountaineers) and the No. 243 (Colonels) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 77-71 result in favor of the Colonels has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and West Virginia has the nation's No. 135-rated offensive output, at 69.8 PPG. The visiting Colonels defense ranks No. 108 allowing on average 63.2 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 40.5% so far, less than the Colonels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.1% per game.
Defensively, Eastern Kentucky features the nation's No. 77-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.6 points per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 103 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Eastern Kentucky, they were a 73-70 winner as they battled High Point on the road. Eastern Kentucky got 22 points from Mike DiNunno en route to a 73-70 victory over High Point on Friday at Millis Center.
Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 72-62 winner as they battled Radford at home. West Virginia earned a 72-62 victory over Radford on Saturday, getting 23 points from Aaric Murray at WVU Colliseum.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 5-5
After playing High Point are 1-1
After a win are 8-2
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma are 2-1
After playing Radford are 3-0
After a win are 4-6
A few Colonels at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
West Virginia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Eastern Kentucky home to Eastern Illinois, Thursday, January 3
West Virginia home to Oklahoma, Saturday, January 5