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NCAA hoops odds preview - West Virginia vs. Marshall

West Virginia MountaineersMarshall Thundering Herd
6-4December 14, 2013, 07:30 | Charleston Civic Center4-5

Marshall will look to improve on its 4-5 record on Saturday when they host West Virginia in NCAA basketball odds action at Charleston Civic Center.

Supporters of the Mountaineers have watched them go 6-4 and 2-5 ATS on the year, while the Thundering Herd are at 4-5 and 3-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Thundering Herd are 3-2, while the Mountaineers have a 3-3 mark.

View West Virginia Mountaineers vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -10.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Thundering Herd - Mountaineers odds would favor the Mountaineers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Marshall is rated No. 195 in the current Odds Shark poll, while West Virginia is at No. 162.

In their last action, West Virginia was an 80-76 loser at home against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Eron Harris scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 80-76 to Gonzaga at WVU Colliseum on Tuesday).

Marshall lost its last outing, a 90-77 result against Penn State on December 7. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point underdog. Marshall got 28 points from Kareem Canty on the way to a 90-77 loss against Penn State on Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 122 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.2 per game. That compares with Marshall’s No. 70 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Marshall is college basketball's No. 71-ranked team at 7.22 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 11 with 9.3 per game.

Next up:
West Virginia home to Purdue, Sunday, December 22nd
Marshall at Alice Llyod, Tuesday, December 17th