The No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers (25-10) will be in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl when they meet the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd (25-10). Action starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. West Virginia Mountaineers ATS Odds
Both teams beat their last opponent. The Mountaineers defeated the No. 12 Murray State Racers 85-68, while the Thundering Herd beat the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers 81-75.
Marshall dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 15.6) and a free throw rate of 0.267 (above their season average of 0.255). For those same stats, Wichita State was 17.1 and 0.200, respectively. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, forced 16 turnovers and held the Racers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.480 (below their season average of 0.560). Jevon Carter had a good outing for West Virginia with 21 points, eight assists and six steals. Meanwhile, Marshall was led by Jon Elmore, who finished with 27 points.
The offensive glass should be a major advantage for West Virginia in this meeting. The Mountaineers are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking fourth in offensive rebounding percentage at 36.7 percent. Meanwhile, Marshall ranks 302nd in the NCAA at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 68.4 percent.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick
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- West Virginia averages 37.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 65th in the nation. Marshall ranks 310th in rebounds allowed per game (40.7).
- The Mountaineers average 8.1 steals per game, which ranks 13th in the nation. The Thundering Herd rank 169th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
- Marshall averages 28.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 12th in the NCAA. West Virginia ranks 70th in three pointers allowed per game (20.2).
- The Thundering Herd average 5.9 blocks per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Mountaineers rank 195th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- West Virginia ranks 67th in assists per game (15.1) while Marshall ranks 245th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
- During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 75.6 points per game (4.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (3.8 above their season average).
- The Thundering Herd’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 5.5 for the season.