Like many had anticipated the 2 nd seeded West Virginia Mountaineers and the 1 st seeded Kentucky Wildcats will be facing each other in the Elite Eight regional championship round to see who will make it on to Indianapolis for the Final Four. West Virginia and Kentucky are the only two 1 and 2 seeds to end up facing each other, as we have seen a fair number of upsets in the rounds leading up to the Elite Eight this year. The Kentucky Wildcats haven’t been to the Final Four since their championship year in 1998, and are looking to knock off West Virginia on their way to what they hope can be their 8 national title. West Virginia hopes to be the third team to knock off a number one seed in this years March Madness tournament, but they have their hands full with a young and talented Wildcats team. The oddsmakers have set Kentucky as four point favorites in tonight’s Elite Eight showdown. Betting odds, line, spread and my prediction for this West Virginia vs Kentucky game can be found below.
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West Virginia vs Kentucky Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
Over 133 (-110)
Under 133 (-110)
West Virginia vs Kentucky Predictions:
Spread/Line Predictions – The Kentucky Wildcats, lead by freshman DeMarcus Cousins and John wall, have only dropped two games all season, boasting an impressive 35-2 record. This high flying Wildcats team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 NCAA tournament games as a favorite. The Wildcats are also 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs Big East opponents. De’Sean Butler and this West Virginia team may be the biggest test for Kentucky so far this year, but they won’t have enough to stop this powerful Kentucky team. BET KENTUCKY -4.
Over/Under Predictions – West Virginia plays a shut down style of defense that has held their opponents to under 60 points in their last 6 games played. On the other hand Kentucky has scored 73 or more points in 7 of their last 8 games, and have gone over in 7 of their last 9 non conference games. The last 3 times Kentucky has had the game total set in the 130’s all have gone over. At some point West Virginia will have to try and keep pace with this high powered Kentucky offense, I like the over. BET OVER 133.
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