Hampton vs. Virginia Free Pick
Can top-seeded Virginia not just win, but dominate 16th-seeded Hampton when the two meet today at 3:10PM ET in the NCAA Tournament?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Virginia is an overwhelming favorite in this game, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -24 points against Hampton. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 131.5 points. These two meet in the second round of the Midwest Region from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Virginia was 26-7 on the season, 6-1 on a neutral floor and 17-14 against the spread. Hampton was 21-10 overall, 4-1 on a neutral floor and 3-2 against the spread. Virginia got an at-large big thanks to a 15-6 ACC record while Hampton won the MEAC Tournament to get its spot in the Big Dance. Virginia has beaten Hampton five times since 2006, winning each matchup by an average of 23.4 points.
Virginia is coming off a 61-57 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Championship and though the Cavaliers are known for defense, Virginia was able to pile up the points in non-conference play. The Cavaliers had their first five wins this season see them score 80 points or more and win by margins of 38, 25, 35, 17 and 26. Hampton has had tournament success in the past but the Pirates already own a 33-point loss to SMU and a 30-point loss to Princeton. They haven’t faced anything like what Virginia will bring this season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: VIRGINIA -24