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West Virginia Mountaineers visit Michigan Wolverines in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

West Virginia MountaineersMichigan Wolverines
Dec 15, 8:00 PM | Barclays Center

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Michigan Wolverines Odds


The Michigan Wolverines host West Virginia on Saturday, looking to build on their 10-0 mark against the 4-4 Mountaineers in college hoops action at Barclays Center.

The game is being played at Barclays Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Michigan battles the Mountaineers, currently sitting with a 4-4 mark (2-4-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-5 for the Wolverines and 1-6 for the Mountaineers.

View West Virginia vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Michigan opened as 10.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 41-rated West Virginia taking on the No. 4-rated Wolverines in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 89-71 win for the Wolverines on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mountaineers is ranked No. 23 in NCAA hoops at 41.6 per game. Contrast that with Michigan’s No. 85 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan is the No. 34-ranked team in the country at 8.2 per game, while West Virginia rates No. 313 at 4.2 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, West Virginia owns the country's No. 106-rated mark, allowing 65.6 points per game on the highway. Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 84 in scoring at home.

West Virginia was a 60-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Duquesne. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Mountaineers got 13 points from Juwan Staten, but it was Duquesne that prevailed in a 60-56 final on Tuesday at A.J. Palumbo Center.

Last time out for Michigan, they were a 67-39 winner as they battled Binghamton at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 37-point favorite. The battle between the Wolverines and Bearcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Binghamton was handed a 67-39 defeat on Tuesday at Crisler Arena.

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Duquesne are 10-0
After a loss are 5-5

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 5-2
After playing Binghamton are 1-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Mountaineers at Wolverines trends to consider:
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games

Next up:
West Virginia home to Oakland, Wednesday, December 19
Michigan home to Eastern Michigan, Thursday, December 20