Stephen F. Austin vs. WVU Prediction
In a game that should fall under the total for bettors, three-seed West Virginia will take on fourteen-seeded Stephen F. Austin tonight at 7:10PM ET.
The total for tonight's game opened at 147 but has already been bet down two full points and now sits at 145 according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. As for the side, the Mountaineers opened as 8-point favorites but are now -7 to beat the Lumberjacks.
West Virginia's high-pressure defense is going to be an issue for most teams in the tournament, including Stephen F. Austin tonight. The Mountaineers have forced more turnovers per possession than any team in the country. The Mountaineers were also among the worst NCAA teams in terms of 3-point shooting during the regular season and finished 2-of-15 from beyond the arc in the Big 12 Tournament Championship.
All of these factors should lead to a win for bettors taking the under tonight. In fact, the under is 8-3 in the Mountaineers' last 11 netural site games and is 4-0-1 in the team's last five games in the NCAA Tournament. While the over has cashed in four of the Lumberjacks' last five games following a straight up win, the under has hit in eight of their last 10 games coming off an ATS cover.
FRIDAY NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN/WVU UNDER 145