Louisville vs Virginia Free College Hoops Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on March 3, 2016 in

The ACC has been a fun conference to watch this season, and there are a growing number of pundits who believe that the national champion will come out of there. A lot of the betting money is going the way of North Carolina, but there are a few other teams in that conference who look set to make some noise in the Tournament. Two of those teams, the Louisville Cardinals and Virginia Cavaliers, will hook up in their final regular season games this weekend, with both looking to improve their position in the bracket. Both teams are still in with an outside shot of sneaking up and winning the ACC regular season title, but realistically, they are just looking to improve their rankings so that they will have a better looking spot in the tournament bracket. This is one of the biggest games of the closing weekend, so be sure to get your wagers in our NCAAB betting odds page before the opening tip-off.

How To Bet the Louisville Vs Virginia NCAAB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Radio: WWWV 97,5
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Why bet on Louisville Cardinals

The Cardinals (23-7, 12-5) started the final week of the regular season with a #11 national ranking, but they can move into the top 10 with a win on the road in Virginia. They got their week off to a winning start with a gritty 56-53 win over Georgia Tech, which was a nice little confidence booster that they needed after going down to Miami last weekend. The Cardinals are 4-4 on the road in conference play this season, although none of their 4 wins came against ranked opponents. Virginia did not play well the last time they faced the Cavaliers, and ended up being humbled in a 63-47 defeat. They will have revenge on their minds this weekend, but know they will be in for a tough fight. The Cardinals are averaging 75.9 PPG, and are giving up 60.9 PPG.

Why bet on Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia (23-6, 12-5) have an almost identical record as that of the Cavaliers, but the fact that they have performed better against ranked opponents is why they are currently ranked #4 in the nation. You could look at their performance against Louisville in their last meeting as being the main reason to wager on them in this game, but you also have to look at the fact that they have not dropped a game on home court all season long. They have some big signature wins to their credit this season, with the most recent being a 79-74 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels to close out the month of February. The Cavaliers are a team that no-one really relishes facing in the Tournament, and they will want to hammer that fact home with another big win over a ranked team to end the regular season. Virginia are averaging 70.8 PPG, and are giving up 60.1 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think we are going to have a much tighter affair than we did the last time these two teams met, and I would not be stunned to see this one require OT. At the end of the day, though, I just can’t go against the Cavaliers on home court.

Louisville Cardinals 65 Virginia Cavaliers 66