NCAA Tournament First Round: (3) West Virginia (18-9) vs (14) Morehead State (23-7) prediction and college basketball game preview.
West Virginia vs Morehead State Broadcast
Date: Friday, March 19
Game Time: 9:50 pm ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
West Virginia vs Morehead State Game Preview
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Why Morehead State Will Win
The Eagles had one off day in 2021.
2-6 in 2020, everything changed once the calendar turned, going 21-1 the rest of the way with only a clunker against Belmont along the way.
There’s a great inside presence with decent size, and better outside pressure against the three. This is a fantastic team at hitting the glass, the D generates the O – even though there aren’t a ton of steals – and it’s a strong team on the free throw line.
It’s the type of rock-solid defensive team no one wants to face in the early part of the tournament, but …
Why West Virginia Will Win
Kentucky 81-45. Ohio State 77-44. Clemson 66-51.
Yeah, it’s a strong Morehead State team that got better and better as the year went on, but it was rim-rocked early against the brand name teams on the slate.
It might be a strong defensive team, but it screws up and turns it over a whole lot.
This might not be a West Virginia team of the recent past with the velociraptors that pounced all over opposing backcourts, but it’s not all that far off.
The Mountaineers can turn up the defensive intensity, they’re killers on the offensive glass, and they’re going to be outstanding on the free throw line over and over again – the Eagle get hit with a ton of fouls.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be a West Virginia layup line.
The Mountaineers force 29 turnovers in the back-to-back games against Oklahoma State to close out the regular season/Big 12 Tournament. They might have lost both games, but that’s not happening after forcing at least 20 turnovers and capitalizing on most of them.
West Virginia vs Morehead State Prediction, Line
West Virginia 78, Morehead State 64
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