While most basketball betting fans tuned in for this past weekend’s NBA All-Star game, since the weekend has concluded it is now time to bet on college basketball once more. Monday’s round of college basketball brings about plenty of intriguing matchups that are bound to thrust players back into the action. With so many different games to choose from, fans are bound to find an ideal line that has their name on it. Some players prefer to wager on matches that are difficult to predict, but for those looking for a pretty straightforward bet need to look no further than the contest between Texas and West Virginia.
Monday night, the Texas Longhorns will be making the voyage to West Virginia to face off against the Mountaineers at the WVU Coliseum. This contest will mark the second time these two schools have faced each other, with the first round coming just a little over a month ago on January 14th. The Mountaineers ended up coming away with that one, but the score (74-72) proves that the contest was much more heated than anticipated. But even though the first time these two met each other produced a colossal, hard-fought contest, the sportsbooks don’t think Monday’s game will have a similar turnout. Take a look.
BASKETBALL BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Monday, February 20th
Texas Longhorns +15 ½ (-110) 142 ½ (-110) +1050
West Virginia Mountaineers -15 ½ (-110) 142 ½ (-110) -1600
It seems as though sportsbooks have forgotten how close the game was when these two first met because these are by and large the most lopsided odds any team is facing Monday night – except Boston College who faces overwhelming odds against Florida State. Nevertheless, the Mountaineers need to bring their A-game this Monday night, or risk facing as difficult as challenge as they faced on January 14th.
No. 9 West Virginia comes into this contest with a 21-6 record that includes a 9-5 record in conference play. But despite their top-10 nationwide ranking, the Mountaineers have been struggling as of late. West Virginia has posted two losses in their last 5 games, including a disappointing loss at the hands of unranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. Another tough loss against an unranked opponent will certainly cause the Mountaineers to drop in the rankings. But since West Virginia has already earned a ticket to this year’s March Madness betting season, the Mountaineers’ recent struggles will not be that much of a hindrance to the team.
The Longhorns come into this contest with a cringe-worthy 10-17 record that includes a pitiful 4-10 record in conference play. The sportsbooks are ruling out Texas this Monday night, but all things considered, a small bet on the Longhorns wouldn’t be all that misguided. Sure, the Longhorns have played inadequate basketball all season and fans can’t be certain of which Texas team will show up Monday night. But even the smallest of bets can reap huge rewards against these basketball betting odds. Nevertheless, the Longhorns come into this contest riding a 3-game losing streak.