West Virginia vs Gonzaga 2012 NCAA Bracket Predictions: In what could be one of the more entertaining and evenly matched games of Thursday’s Men’s NCAA Tournament second-round, the 7-seed Gonzaga University Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference will battle Big East member 10-seed West Virginia Mountaineers at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tip-off for the game will go at 7:20 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs/Mountaineers survivor will face the winner of No. 2 seed Ohio State University and No. 15 Loyola University of Maryland in Saturday’s Third Round. OSU and Loyola Maryland will square off following the Gonzaga-WV contest.
Gonzaga is lined as 1 1/2-chalk favotites at online sports book Bovada.lv versus the Mountaineers with a combined score total of 133. Mountaineers’ backers are getting +100 College Basketball Odds on the off shore money line while the price of a SU wager on Gonzaga is -120 ($120 wager to win $100).
West Virginia earned an at-large bid after finishing the regular season with a 19-13 overall mark and 9-9 record in the Big East. The Mountaineers fell in overtime in the opening round of the Big East Tournament to the University of Connecticut 71-67. The Mountaineers closed out the season winning only four of their final 12 contests.The Mountaineers are appearing in their seventh NCAA Tournament in eight years and were in the 2010 Final Four.
Gonzaga (25-6, 13-3) also earned an at-large bid after losing to Saint Mary’s College in the Zappos.West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Championships title game, the 15th straight WCC title-game appearance for the Zags.
Gonzaga will help the Mountaineers exit its final season in the Big East. My bet is on the Bulldogs 1 1/2.
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