Duke favored against West Virginia in Final Four Betting

December 1st, 2010 NCAA Basketball

Final Four betting favors Duke on Saturday as they face West Virginia in the late game.

The Blue Devils are 2.5 point favorites in Final Four odds and the total is 131.  Here is a look at this game in Final Four betting that will be the late game on CBS on Saturday night.

Final Four betting lists Duke as a #1 seed, the last remaining in the tournament, while West Virginia is a #2 seed.  While Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski gets a lot of attention, this game could be all about rebounding.  Duke and West Virginia led their respective conferences in offensive rebounding percentage. Neither Duke nor West Virginia shoots the ball that well so whichever team controls the glass could win the game. West Virginia finished 13th in the Big East by making 43 percent of its shots while Duke was 6th in the ACC at 42.1 percent. Duke shot the ball terribly against Baylor in the Elite Eight but won the game because they rebounded the ball.  West Virginia was not much better against Kentucky but their defense and rebounding bailed them out vs. the Final Four odds.

You might be considering the money line option in this game in Final Four betting. Duke is a -145 favorite on the money line while West Virginia is +125.  With the small point spread, taking the money line could be a popular way to bet this game.  West Virginia has been an excellent underdog recently in the tournament. They are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog. The Mountaineers are 5-0 against the point spread in their last 5 non-conference games. The Mountaineers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.  West Virginia is 5-1 vs. the college basketball points spread in their last 6 vs. the ACC.

Duke has won and covered their last four games in the NCAA Tournament. They have struggled recently against the Big East, going 1-5-1 against the spread.

Final Four betting trends on the total indicate that West Virginia has gone under the total in 7 of their last 8 overall. Four of the last five Duke games overall have gone under the total. In neutral site games, 19 of their last 26 games have gone under.  9 of their last 13 vs. Big East teams have gone under.

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