Lexington Regional Odds, Predictions: How to Bet Kentucky, West Virginia Baseball in NCAA Tournament

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Lexington Regional Odds

West Virginia
Ball State

Check out Collin Wilson's full NCAA Baseball Tournament betting preview with bets for all 16 Regionals here.

Game 1: Kentucky (36-18) vs. Ball State (36-21) · Noon ET Friday · SEC Network
Game 2: West Virginia (39-18) vs. Indiana (41-18) · 7 p.m. ET Friday · ESPN+

A quick exit from the SEC Tournament has allowed Kentucky to reset the rotation in preparation for hosting a Regional.

Darren Williams made the start in Hoover, but expect Travis Smith and Zack Lee to lead a Wildcats staff that ranked top-30 nationally in ERA and WHIP.

Lee has the best strikeout rate on the staff, with expectations of getting the Saturday start against the West Virginia vs. Indiana winner. Trennor O’Donnell gives Ball State the best chance of upset, lowering the projection on Kentucky to -145 in the opener. There may be enough pop in the Cardinals' sticks to cover a run line.

West Virginia will be fighting the narrative that the team peaked a month ago. The Mountaineers were swept at Texas before dropping consecutive games in the Big 12 Tournament.

The conference tournament did not feature CSUN transfer Blaine Traxel, who logged five complete games this season. Either Traxel or Ben Hampton is expected to get the start against Indiana.

Luke Sinnard has earned opening duties for the Hoosiers most of the season, but the Mountaineers project -120 in Game 2.

Kentucky topped the rankings in strength of schedule and fielding percentage. Pitching and defense have been the calling cards for the Wildcats, with sporadic offense. The Cats bring the lowest numbers in runs per game and BaseRuns of all four teams in the Regional.

True odds on the Wildcats are +140, giving no value to the series price on the host.

  • Series: West Virginia +240 or Better
  • Game 1: Ball State Run Line (with Trennor O’Donnell)
  • Game 2: Indiana Run Line (with Luke Sinnard)

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