Thursday, November 26, 2020, Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2:30 p.m. ET
West Virginia vs. VCU Betting Preview: (No Lines as of 5 A.M. Eastern)
West Virginia Mountaineers
No. 15 West Virginia got off to a solid start in its season opener Wednesday night with a 79-71 win over South Dakota State in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. The Mountaineers will try to keep the positive momentum going when they turn around on short rest to face VCU.
Miles McBride hopes to lead West Virginia for the second day in a row. The sophomore was the star of Wednesday’s win, scoring a career-high 23 points to help the Mountaineers avoid an upset against a talented team that was playing in its home state.
Junior Sean McNeil finished with a career-high 16 points and Taz Sherman drained four 3-pointers as part of a 14-point performance off the bench for the Mountaineers. Both players will look to stay hot in their second game in as many days.
VCU is feeling good after posting a resounding 85-69 win over Utah State on Wednesday night in its first game of the season. Now, the Rams will see face a higher-level opponent when they square off with a nationally ranked foe.
Reigning Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection Nah’Shon Hyland will try to lead the way. He made five 3-pointers on Wednesday en route to a 23-point effort that marked the highest-scoring total of his career.
VCU stormed back from a seven-point deficit with less than 11 minutes to go, outscoring Utah State 29-6 the rest of the way. The Rams have nothing to lose as they try to knock off legendary coach Bob Huggins and his Mountaineers squad.
West Virginia vs. VCU Rams Betting Prediction
VCU is coming off an emotional comeback win, and it is eager to prove itself against highly regarded West Virginia. But it will be hard, in terms of talent, for VCU to keep up for a full 40 minutes of action.
West Virginia’s opening victory was not particularly stylish, but the Mountaineers fended off an energized South Dakota State team playing close to home. Look for the Mountaineers to post a louder victory this time around, particularly after a closer-than-expected opening game woke up the roster.
West Virginia vs. VCU Betting Pick:
West Virginia 76, VCU 64
West Virginia vs, VCU Best Bet
It’s early in the season, and neither team knows the opponent particularly well. That means anything could happen, although it is hard to see West Virginia struggling to take command against a team that has significantly less talent on paper. Expect a high-scoring affair and take the over for anything posting at 135.5 and below
–Field Level Media