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March Madness - West Virginia Mountaineers Battle vs Buffalo Bulls Highlights College Basketball Odds Menu

Buffalo Bulls


West Virginia Mountaineers
Friday, March 20, 2015 2:10 PM ET
Nationwide Arena

Bobby Hurley won a pair of national championships as a player; now he's in his first Dance as a head coach, after leading Buffalo to the MAC Tournament championship.

Hurley's Bulls, 6-2 against the spread over their last eight games, begin their first-ever Big Dance when they battle West Virginia in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon in Columbus and they are only 4.5 point underdogs as a 12 seed, according to March Madness betting lines at Bovada.

Buffalo won its last six games to finish in a tie atop the MAC East this season at 12-6, then as the two seed won the MAC tournament, beating top-seeded Central Michigan in the conference championship game Saturday 89-84. Way back in November the Bulls actually led Kentucky in Lexington at the half by five points, and easily covered as 32-point underdogs, and in December they led Wisconsin at the half in Madison by a point, and easily covered at +22. What other team can say it led those two heavyweights on their home courts this season?

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West Virginia, playing without injured leading scorer Juwan Staten, enters the tournament with three losses in its last four games. The Mountaineers finished tied for fourth in the Big 12 at 11-7, then lost to Baylor in their conference tournament opener 80-70. West Virginia owns victories this season over Dance qualifiers Lafayette, North Carolina State, Wofford, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, and two over Oklahoma State, while losing close games to LSU, Iowa State and the Jayhawks.

Buffalo Bulls vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The West Virginia Mountaineers sport a record of 23-9 and 18-13 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Buffalo Bulls have 23-9 and 16-13 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-10 for the West Virginia Mountaineers and 14-8-1 for the Buffalo Bulls.

The West Virginia Mountaineers sit at No. 69 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Buffalo Bulls sit at No. 17 on the same chart.

How Buffalo Bulls vs West Virginia Mountaineers Stats Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Buffalo is ranked No. 10 in NCAA basketball at 38.44 per game. Contrast that with West Virginia's No. 41 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, West Virginia is the No. 99-ranked team in the country at 6.66 per game, while Buffalo rates No. 159 at 6.03 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bulls got 18 points from Shannon Evans as Buffalo ran past Central Michigan 89-84 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Jaysean Paige scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 80-70 to Baylor at Sprint Center on Thursday).

Buffalo vs West Virginia Betting Trends:

Buffalo won 8 in a row to close the season (6-2 ATS)

Buffalo just 2-6 SU this season as an underdog

West Virginia 16-3 SU as favorite this season

West Virginia 6-2 ATS in first round games since 1998