NC-Wimington vs. Virginia Prediction
Will NC-Wilmington pull off the upset today when the Seahawks take on Virginia at 12:40PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cavaliers are now 7.5-point favorites versus the Seahawks after opening as an 8-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 135.5 and has been bet down to 134.5.
The Seahawks finished the season winning nine of their last 10 games but are just 4-5-1 against the spread during that stretch. They wrapped up their regular season with a 29-5 record straight up but had issues at the betting window, going 14-15 against the spread.
The Cavaliers split their last 10 games to wrap up the season, going 5-5 both on the hardwood and against the spread. They were 22-10 straight up this season and finished with a winning record at the betting window at 18-12.
OUR PREDICTION: Virginia won four of out its last five games, with all four wins coming by 10-plus points. In the Cavaliers' last three first-round tournament matchups, they won by 11-12-36 points. The Seahawks are an experienced team and the 12-5 matchup has had great success for bettors, but the Cavaliers defense should grind the tempo of this game to a halt and force an otherwise mistake-free UNC-Wilmington team to get frustrated down the stretch.
MARCH MADNESS PREDICTIONS: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS -7.5