College basketball is finally back at West Virginia sportsbooks. After finishing last season without any March Madness, WVU basketball returns to the court looking to build on another successful year.
The unfortunate timing of the COVID-19 outbreak last spring meant there was no NCAA Tournament. While a huge letdown for fans and players, this also affected WV sportsbooks.
The NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular sporting events bet on every year.
It was truly a disappointing end to the season for the Mountaineers. They finished the regular season with a 21-10 record overall and a 9-9 mark in the Big 12.
Although they weren’t in contention for the regular season conference title, the Mountaineers would have certainly qualified for the tournament field.
This year’s team should probably be much better. Head coach Bob Huggins returns his top three scorers from 2019, including exciting freshman Oscar Tshiebwe. Despite playing in the always difficult Big 12, 15th-ranked WVU should be poised for another postseason run.
The college basketball season returns in full on Wednesday and continues through the holiday weekend. WVU takes on South Dakota State in its first matchup Wednesday night.
The team is participating in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic prior to beginning its normal schedule.
Residents in the Mountain State can wager on any college basketball game through one of the several online sports betting apps available. The state now features a total of five mobile options, with Golden Nugget Sportsbook launching in the near future, as well.
Besides college basketball, there is also plenty of football to bet on this weekend.
WVU is looking to get a crucial win over Oklahoma, which is ranked 11th in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
Then on Sunday, the NFL offers another enticing slate of games for Week 12.
Let’s take a look at both WVU basketball and football, as well as the betting odds for the best games in the NFL.
Betting On WVU
The WVU basketball team has lots of talent along with a quality mix of both younger and older players. If some of its underclassmen can perform early on in the season, then this team could be going places.
The Mountaineers have all three of their best scoring options back, with Tshiebwe, Derek Culver and Miles McBride.
Not only did Tshiebwe lead the team in scoring with 11.2 points, he was the top rebounder and shot blocker, too.
Between the three of them, scoring shouldn’t be too much of an issue this season.
The Mountaineers always seem to be solid on the defensive side of the ball. They ranked 15th last year in scoring defense, surrendering just 62.4 points per game last season.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, WVU is favored to win its opener. It’s giving South Dakota State -10.5 in the point spread, while WVU’s moneyline is set at -625 for Wednesday night.
Bettors can take the underdog receiving the spread, or South Dakota State’s moneyline odds of +450.
If the Mountaineers are victorious, they’ll take on the winner of Utah State and Wichita State.
The online sportsbook provides a lot of different futures, as well. You can wager on WVU to make the Final Four at +400, or to win the National Championship at +2000.
You can also bet on the Mountaineers to win the Big 12. DraftKings currently shows the following odds:
Big 12 Conference Champion
- Baylor +165
- Kansas +170
- WVU +525
- Texas Tech +600
- Texas +690
- Oklahoma +2000
- Iowa State +8000
- TCU +10000
- Kansas State +30000
WVU football should also attract a lot of attention at WV sportsbooks Saturday. It’s looking to grab its sixth win of the campaign when it goes up against OU in Morgantown.
The Mountaineers had an extra week to prepare, whereas the Sooners won their fifth straight beating Oklahoma State by 28.
It won’t be easy for the home side, but WVU has played well of late. It’s won two of the last three, with its only defeat being a four-point loss at Texas.
DraftKings lists OU as the favorite giving -10.5 in the spread. Its moneyline is at -530, while the Mountaineers have odds of +320 to win outright.
Slowing down the Oklahoma offense will be important, as this could be a high-scoring affair. The online sportsbook shows the game’s total at 54.5 points.
NFL Week 12 Odds
It’s another very interesting week in the NFL as the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.
This week also overlaps Thanksgiving, so there is more NFL action than your usual Thursday.
As always, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys get things going with their traditional home Turkey Day games. Unfortunately, both sides aren’t playing too great this season.
Still, there should be lots of betting opportunities from two even matchups between Detroit and Houston, as well as Washington at Dallas.
Thursday’s nightcap between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed, though. Since the Ravens are struggling with nine positive coronavirus cases, the game has been moved to Sunday.
Hopefully the teams are ready to play then, because this is one of the best matchups of the week.
Pittsburgh is 10-0 for the first time in franchise history and may have a realistic chance at finishing the regular season unbeaten. The 6-4 Ravens have dropped to third in the division behind Cleveland, but can still salvage things to make the playoffs.
BetMGM Sportsbook sees this being a one-possession game. It has the Steelers laying -4 in the spread, with a moneyline of -200. Bettors can take the Ravens receiving the +4, or their moneyline of +170.
Unlike a lot of other games in the NFL, BetMGM has this matchup’s total set fairly low, at just 44.5 points.
The online sportsbook includes other markets like team and game props. It offers the following odds for which team will score 20 points first:
- Steelers -121
- Ravens +195
- Neither +475
Another quality game this weekend is between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Bucs.
The Chiefs are cruising again this year, currently sitting with a 9-1 record and five consecutive wins. They’ll look to keep it going against a skilled Bucs squad that’s hit a slight lull.
Even though they’re on the road, the Chiefs are favored, giving -3.5 in the point spread. BetMGM lists their moneyline at -186, while the Bucs have odds of +155 to win.
Additional NFL Lines
Washington Football Team +2.5 (Moneyline: +125) vs. Dallas Cowboys -2.5 (Moneyline: -150)
Cleveland Browns -6.5 (Moneyline: -278) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars +6.5 (Moneyline: +225)
Cincinnati Bengals +6 (Moneyline: +205) vs. New York Giants -6 (Moneyline: -250)
College Football Betting At WV Sportsbooks
After enjoying your Thanksgiving, there are a few notable college football games taking place on Friday afternoon.
Besides DraftKings and BetMGM, residents in WV can wager online with any of the following apps:
In the Big 12, No. 17 Texas hosts No. 13 Iowa State in what should be a very close contest.
FanDuel shows Texas with the slightest of edges laying -0.5 in the spread, however, both teams have moneyline odds of -110.
Then in the ACC, No. 2 Notre Dame will try to hang onto its current playoff position by taking down No. 19 North Carolina.
The online sportsbook has Notre Dame laying -5.5, with a moneyline of -215. Bettors can take the Tar Heels receiving the points, or their moneyline at +172.