First Round Picks & Odds: Morehead State vs. West Virginia Predictions
NCAA Tournament Picks
Morehead State Eagles at West Virginia Mountaineers
Morehead State is ranked 212th on offense and 70th on defense, per KenPom. West Virginia is ranked 11th on offense and 63rd on defense. Morehead State is 19-1 in their last 20 games and they win games by playing very good defense and slowing the pace to a crawl. West Virginia is the more talented team, but Morehead State does hold some statistical advantages. Morehead State ranks 84th in 2 point shooting %, while WVU ranks 239th defending the 2. Also, Morehead State ranks 65th in Defensive Rebounding %, while WVU ranks 286th in this category. WVU shoots a ton of jump shots and this hurts their shooting efficiency. WVU ranks 227th in Offense Effective FG %, while Morehead State ranks 87th in this category.
As long as Morehead State can beat the press and take care of the ball this game will be close. Bob Huggins has said all year that WVU needs to be better defensively and has criticized their offensive decision making at times. Morehead State has a recipe for a potential upset. They are a very good defensive team, they rebound, and they play slow. The slow play will limit the amount of WVU fast breaks and force them into taking contested jump shots in the half court offense. As the stats show, this is bad news for WVU. Once Morehead State gets into their half court offense, look for them to pound the ball inside to 6’10 Freshman big man Johni Broome. Look for Morehead State to clamp down on defense and cover the +13 Friday night. I wouldn’t even be shocked to see this game come down to the wire. Best of luck!
The Pick: Morehead State +13 @ -110
Bet $20, Win $150 If 1+ Point Is Scored In The Game With PointsBet
PointsBet are offering new customers the chance of winning $150 if there's a point score in the game they bet on! Yep, you read that correctly, if there's over one point, you will be a winner.
PointsBet's March Madness offer is possible the best we've seen for any NCAA Tournament, and really is a no-brainer. New players simply have to wager $20 on either the point spread or money line of any March Madness game, and they will collect $150 if there's a point scored.
This offer is really easy to claim, just follow these simple steps:
- Sign-up to PointsBet via this exclusive link
- Deposit at least $20 into your account
- Place a spread or moneyline bet of at least $20 on any NCAA Tournament game
- Confirm your bet
- Receive $150 in free bets if a point is scored
You can see all of our March Madness promotions and free bet offers by clicking - HERE
March Madness Expert Picks
Morehead State +13 @ -110 (Click To Bet)