West Virginia, Mountaineers, NCAA Tournament, Murray State
Via USA Today Sports/Jake Roth

March Madness Recap: West Virginia vs. Murray State Betting Odds

The No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the No. 12 Murray State Racers, 85-68, on Friday, March 16, in the 2018 NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64. West Virginia was the favorite and covered the 10.5-point spread. The game went over on the total of 145.5.

The Mountaineers will move on to face Marshall, which stunned No. 4 Wichita State earlier Friday, in the Round of 32. Odds for that Sunday matchup will soon be released by BetDSI Sportsbook, but we anticipate West Virginia will be favored, perhaps by as many as 10 points.

Senior guard Jevon Carter scored 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting to pace the Mountaineers on Friday. Carter added eight assists and five rebounds. West Virginia had 18 assists to Murray State’s 11. The Racers turned the ball over 16 times.

West Virginia’s odds to win the NCAA Tournament were solid, with BetDSI pegging the Mountaineers at +3500 to cut down the nets in San Antonio. The Racers entered the tournament with much slimmer odds at +100000, tied for the slimmest odds in the tournament.

Here are the pre-tourney odds for every team:

Odds to Win 2018 NCAA Tournament

Villanova +400
Duke +550
Virginia +600
Michigan State +750
Michigan +1000
Purdue +1250
Arizona +1300
Kansas +1700
North Carolina +2000
Xavier +2200
Kentucky +2300
Cincinnati +2500
Gonzaga +2500
West Virginia +3500
Wichita State +4000
Texas Tech +4500
Tennessee +4500
Auburn +6000
Ohio State +7500
Rhode Island +10000
Missouri +10000
Florida +12000
Texas A&M +15000
Clemson +15000
Houston +15000
TCU +17000
Virginia Tech +17000
Alabama +20000
Seton Hall +20000
Butler +20000
NC State +21000
Arkansas +22000
Miami +22000
Nevada +25000
Providence +25000
UCLA +25000
Texas +28000
Creighton +28000
Florida State +28000
Kansas State +30000
Oklahoma +30000
Arizona State +35000
Syracuse +35000
New Mexico State +50000
Davidson +50000
St. Bonaventure +50000
Pennsylvania +55000
Loyola Chicago +60000
San Diego State +65000
Montana +75000
Wright State +75000
Stephen F. Austin +75000
South Dakota State +75000
Buffalo +100000
Texas Southern +100000
Radford +100000
Iona +100000
UMBC +100000
LIU Brooklyn +100000
NC Central +100000
UNC Greensboro +100000
Lipscomb +100000
CS Fullerton +100000
Bucknell +100000
Georgia State +100000
Murray State +100000

About Aaron Mansfield

Aaron Mansfield is a freelance sports writer. His work has appeared in Complex, USA Today and the New York Times. Mansfield is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst.

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