Washington vs West Virginia Odds
The No. 11 Washington Huskies have already dispatched two higher seeds in the Big Dance. They hope to keep their dancing shoes on into the Elite Eight when they face off with No. 2 West Virginia on Thursday in the Sweet 16.
It’s been a nice late-season run for the Washington Huskies. Including the Pac-10 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, Washington has won nine in a row while going 8-1 against the spread. They began the tournament as a 1.5-point odds underdog at Bovada against No. 6 Marquette. Thanks to a bank shot from Quincy Poindexter with just over a second remaining on the clock the Huskies upset the Golden Eagles 80-78.
That upset earned them a date with an even higher seed, No. 3 New Mexico, in the second round. Thanks to a wrist injury to Lobos leading scorer Darington Hobson the Huskies were a 2-point odds favorite. Not only did they cover the small spread they crushed the Lobos 82-64.
But for all their excellent play, it's the broken foot suffered yesterday by West Virginia PG Truck Bryant that is the main reason the line is moving here.
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Washington’s fast-paced offensive attack was too much for the Lobos, as Poindexter led the way with 18 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas delivered 15 points and seven assists.
Just like during the regular season, West Virginia has been able to count on Da’Sean Butler when they need him in the tournament. In the opening round Butler didn’t need to shine, as the Mountaineers rumbled past Morgan State 77-50 as a 17-point odds favorite. In the Mountaineers’ second-round matchup with Missouri, Butler broke out with 28 points and eight rebounds in a 68-59 win as 6-point odds favorites.
As long as Butler’s shot is there when called upon the Mountaineers will be tough to beat. That’s just one of the reasons the Mountaineers are a 4-point favorite on the latest Sweet 16 odds at Bovada.
Washington is due for a win in the Sweet 16. The Huskies made it to the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2006 but failed to advance both times. The last time the Huskies did manage to get beyond the Sweet 16 was way back in 1953 when they earned a berth in the Final Four.
West Virginia last saw the Sweet 16 in 2008 when they were bounced by Xavier. The Mountaineers have only gotten through the Sweet 16 twice in school history, in 2005 and 1959.