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WVU, Marquette NCAAB Matchup

You can enjoy lots of college basketball betting matchups this New Year’s Day Saturday. West Virginia (8-3) travels to Marquette (9-4) for an 11:00a.m. ET tilt on Saturday morning.

The Mountaineers haven’t been as dominant as some betting experts expected since they reached the Final Four last season, though eight wins in 11 games is nothing to sneeze at. Thanks to a solid offense led by guard Casey Mitchell, the Mountaineers average 76.6 points per game.

However, they’ve had lots of trouble keeping opponents off the board, ranking 158th in the nation with 66.8 points allowed per contest.

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Because West Virginia is allowing so many points, it hasn’t been trustworthy at books like Bovada and Sports Interaction, going 3-5 against the spread so far. The OVER is also 6-1 in West Virginia games with a point total posted.

Bettors have to think hard about betting the OVER when West Virginia visits Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 14th in the country with 81.5 points per game and the over is 5-2 for them this season.

At 2:00 p.m. ET, Valparaiso (10-4) takes on Butler (9-4). Butler enters this matchup on a huge college basketball betting hot streak, having won five consecutive games straight up and beaten four consecutive spreads at books like Sports Interaction and Bovada.

The Bulldogs shoot just 42.6 per cent as a team this season but their top two scorers, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack, combine for 33.3 points per game.

Valparaiso also enters the New Year’s Day showdown hot, having won four straight games and gone 3-1 ATS over that span.

Then, at 3:30 p.m. ET, it’s the game everyone’s waiting for: a battle between Final Four hopefuls Notre Dame (12-1) and Syracuse (14-0). No. 15 Notre Dame averages 80-plus points per game and has enjoyed a breakout performance from Ben Hansbrough, brother of famous UNC Alumnus Tyler.

Hansbrough averages 15.5 points per game while shooting .478 from three-point range and leading the team in assists.

No. 5 Syracuse has gotten the job done with balance this season, cracking the national top 50 in scoring offense and defense. However, despite not losing a game yet, the Orange haven’t been super reliable among the college basketball betting lines at Bovada, Bovada and other books.

Syracuse has gone 4-8 against the spread for the year. Seven of its 11 games with over/unders have trended UNDER the total.

A victory for the Irish would pull Notre Dame within half a game of Syracuse for the Big East lead.

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