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NCAAB Game Preview - Scarlet Knights underdogs vs Mountaineers at Rutgers

West Virginia MountaineersRutgers Scarlet Knights
Feb 27, 12:00 PM | Louis Brown Athletic Center

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds

17-10TEAM RECORD13-14

The visiting Mountaineers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Louis Brown Athletic Center against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers battles the Mountaineers, currently sitting with a 17-10 mark (9-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-11 for the Scarlet Knights and 11-12 for the Mountaineers.

View West Virginia vs Rutgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting West Virginia before tip-off in this one will find them as 3-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Scarlet Knights, most recently No. 137 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mountaineers, who rate No. 12 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-67 victory for the Mountaineers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Rutgers's No. 255-ranked offense, averaging 66.2 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 72 at 64.4 PPG. The Scarlet Knights field goal percentage has averaged 44.1% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.

Defensively, West Virginia features the nation's No. 43-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. Rutgers, meanwhile, comes in at No. 291 nationally in scoring at home.

West Virginia was a 71-58 loser in its last match on the road against Pittsburgh. They failed to cover the 8–point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers endured a 71-58 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Thursday, despite a 22-point effort from Casey Mitchell at Petersen Events Center.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were a 55-37 loser as they battled Louisville at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. The Scarlet Knights endured a 55-37 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Tuesday, despite a 12-point effort from Gilvydas Biruta at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Connecticut are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing DePaul are 1-5
After playing Louisville are 1-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Mountaineers at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia's last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rutgers's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 6 games when playing West Virginia
Rutgers is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
West Virginia home to Connecticut, Wednesday, March 2
Rutgers at DePaul, Wednesday, March 2