The West Virginia sports betting crowd is ready for live sports to return. While many around Morgantown are undoubtedly excited for football season, college basketball betting is not far off, either.
The WVU Mountaineers are coming off a quality 2020 season and have high hopes heading into next year. Coach Bob Huggins had his team ready for another March Madness appearance again until games were postponed.
WVU has a very busy schedule for 2021 and the team just booked another tournament for the following year. The Mountaineers will compete in the 2021 Charleston Classic, an event run by ESPN.
WVU will join seven other teams in the annual tournament, including:
- Boise State
Two more teams have yet to be named.
The Charleston Classic is a three-day event that takes place at the TD Arena at the College of Charleston. This marks the first time that WVU will play in the tournament.
The event will be entering its 14th year in 2021 and is played in November each year. Florida is the reigning champs, defeating Xavier in the most recent championship.
Besides the Charleston Classic, WVU hoops is playing in several other tournaments this upcoming year. The Mountaineers will have plenty of opportunities to build their tournament resume for the spring.
Although the season is still months away, WV sportsbooks already list odds for next year. You’re able to place a futures wager on the national championship, as well as which teams will make the Final Four.
Let’s examine which events WVU basketball is set to play next season and take a look at its returning roster.
WVU basketball 2020
WVU is looking to improve on a solid campaign where it went 21-10 overall and finished third in the Big 12 Conference. Despite a tough stretch toward the end of the year, the Mountaineers won their last two games and were ready for another NCAA Tournament.
Unfortunately, with sports shut down, the tournament never took place. WV sports betting fans are more than ready to make up for lost time.
WVU features a very skilled team that can make some noise next season. It is scheduled to play in a couple of events outside of its regular-season games that will truly test this unit.
This November, the Mountaineers are playing in the 2020 version of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The tournament takes place on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.
WVU will help celebrate the event’s 10th year with some of the best college basketball teams in the country. The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis includes:
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Wichita State
If the schedules remain intact, then the tournament will run between Nov. 25-27.
Another event WVU is participating in is the Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. If everything goes according to plan, the Mountaineers will play the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, Dec. 13.
WVU has a couple of other irregular games scheduled, too. The team will compete against both Pitt and Georgetown in the Big East/Big 12 Battle.
The Mountaineers will also take on an SEC opponent in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The team hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, however, the game will play on Saturday, Jan. 30.
With all of these notable games on next season’s calendar, WVU has a chance to show the entire country how good it is.
WVU betting at WV Sportsbooks
WV sportsbooks expect the Mountaineers to perform even better than they did a year ago. A big part of their success will come down to some key players making their return to Morgantown.
Coach Huggins is anticipating that his three leading scorers from last season will be back playing inside WVU Coliseum. Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver and Miles McBride should all be key contributors again.
The three led WVU in scoring, with only the freshman McBride averaging fewer than 10 points per game (9.5). The team will rely heavily on these three in 2021.
On top of scoring, Tshiebwe can be one of the most dominant players in all of college basketball. He averaged over 11 points, nine rebounds, to go with a block and almost a steal per contest.
If he’s able to show some growth between his first and second seasons, WVU could have a real shot to win the Big 12.
College basketball doesn’t begin for several months, but every online platform in WV shows odds already. Mobile options include:
Currently, you’re able to bet on which teams will make the 2021 Final Four and who will win the title game. DraftKings features the following odds for WVU basketball:
- Win National Title: WVU +1900
- Make Final Four: WVU +400