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WVU Comes Into NCAAB Tourney Red-Hot

A span of tough losses in mid-February could have derailed West Virginia this season, but the Mountaineers bounced back and enter the NCAA Tournament with a 6-1 SU and ATS record in their past seven games. WVU opens their March Madness against Stephen F. Austin Friday.

Shark Bites
  • West Virginia is 5-0 ATS in their past five when favored by 7.5 points or more.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in Stephen F. Austin’s past five games as underdogs.
  • Stephen F. Austin is 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS in their past nine games as underdogs in March.

West Virginia has fully embraced the full-court press this season and has thrived on hounding their opponents defensively. The Mountaineers cause more turnovers than almost anyone in the country and that aggression also has them grabbing a higher percentage of offensive rebounds than any other team.

The one team that was better than WVU at creating turnovers? Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks enter the tournament as winners of 20-straight games with their last loss coming on December 29. Senior Thomas Walkup has been the offensive cornerstone for SFA, with the forward averaging 17.5 ppg this season.

Click here for historical stats on the #3 vs #14 seed matchup.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs West Virginia Mountaineers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will look to cover the spread vs the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday, as the Lumberjacks are 3-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Mountaineers are 21-11 ATS. Stephen F. Austin is 6-1 against the total, while West Virginia is 14-17-1 versus the total betting line.

The West Virginia Mountaineers sit at No. 8 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks sit at No. 3 on the same chart.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lumberjacks blew out Texas A&M C.C. on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 82-60 win at Leonard E. Merrell Center.

West Virginia got 31 points from Devin Williams en route to a 81-71 loss at the hands of West Virginia on Saturday at Sprint Center.

Betting Trends
  • West Virginia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • West Virginia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games