March Madness betting players are watching one of the tightest Big East races in years, and that’s saying something when you consider that what the conference has been like in recent seasons. Two teams tied with the same record will clash in Morgantown on Wednesday night as Connecticut heads to West Virginia, and both are looking to head into the final weekend of the regular season on a high.
The No.16 Huskies (21-7, 9-7) got a big second half from Kemba Walker in a 67-59 win at Cincinnati, as their scoring leader notched 11 of his 16 points after the break. Jeremy Lamb was the high man with 17 points, while Shabazz Napier came off the bench to record 11 points and six assists for the Huskies, and it was clear that the Bearcats were planning to contain Walker, letting the rest of U Conn’s players get their points. But like teams looking for help at the NHL trade deadline, the Huskies know they need secondary scoring, and their guards stepped up to the plate in the first half, leaving Walker to close out the deal in the second.
The Mountaineers (18-10, 9-7) also pulled away from Rutgers, finishing with a 12-2 run to come away with a 65-54 win on the road. Darryl “Truck” Bryant led the way with 15 points, while John Flowers (14 points, 10 boards) and Kevin Jones (12 points, 11 boards) both add double-doubles for the Mountaineers, who out rebounded the Scarlet Knights 44-26. The Mountaineers only shot 39.6% from the field, but they held Rutgers to 33.9%, and you always know you’re going to get a physical game when you go up against a team coached by Bob Huggins.
The Mountaineers are 6-1 SU in their last seven home games, and while they should make it into the NCAA Tournament comfortably, 10 wins in the Big East would essentially make it a certainty that they’ll be dancing. The Huskies have had some off-field distractions in recent weeks, especially the recruiting violations, so focus could be a problem in a hostile environment. We’re taking West Virginia in our online sports betting picks.