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Buffalo vs. West Virginia - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Bulls (23-9) at West Virginia Mountaineers (23-9)

College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds


The Buffalo Bulls and West Virginia Mountaineers play Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Buffalo Bulls won the MAC and have won eight straight games. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 75 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Justin Moss is averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while Shannon Evans is averaging 15.4 points and 4.7 assists. Xavier Ford is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Lamonte Bearden is dishing 4.3 assists. The Buffalo Bulls have four players averaging at least 9.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 34 percent from deep. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last eight games.

Buffalo vs. West Virginia - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The West Virginia Mountaineers were the fifth-best Big 12 team and have split their last 10 games. On the season, WVU is averaging 73.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Juwan Staten is averaging 14.5 points and 4.6 assists while Devin Williams is averaging 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Jevon Carter is dishing 1.9 assists and Jonathan Holton is grabbing six rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 66 percent from the line and 31.8 percent from deep. Defensively, WVU is allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four straight games.

The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mountaineers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

I really like West Virginia in this tournament simply due to its ability to pressure the ball and create fast break points. It's tough to prepare for WVU until you actually face it. Look for the Mountaineers to roll. 

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