The Marist Red Foxes (0-3) and the No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1) face off in the AdvoCare Invitational at HP Field House. Action begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNews.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marist Red Foxes Betting Preview
In the Mountaineers last game, they easily got past the Long Beach State 49ers, 91-62. Lamont West led West Virginia in scoring with 22 points on 6-for-11 shooting. West Virginia played a perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.8 (better than their season average of 12.4) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.9 (above their season average of 39.8). Long Beach State had marks of 24.7 and 25.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The Red Foxes are trying to rebound after their 94-73 loss to the Army West Point Black Knights in their last contest. David Knudsen was Marists leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Army West Point had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.4 vs. 16.7). Marist, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.183 vs. 0.118).
The ineffective offense of Marist will square off against the top-notch defense of West Virginia. Since last season, the Red Foxes rank 289th in offensive efficiency, while the Mountaineers are fourth in defensive efficiency. The Mountaineers figure to have the edge on that end of the court. Ball protection should be an advantage for the Mountaineers. They rank 58th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent). Conversely, the Red Foxes have forced the 21st-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents turnover percentage of 15.9 percent).
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marist Red Foxes Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Marist, ATS Winner – Marist, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Mountaineers rank 27th in blocks per game (4.9) while the Red Foxes rank 228th (2.6).
- West Virginia ranks 15th in assists per game (16.8) while Marist ranks 294th (11.1).
- The Mountaineers rank first in steals per game (10.1) while the Red Foxes rank 279th (4.6).
- West Virginia ranks 67th in rebounds per game (38.0) while Marist ranks 309th (31.5).