Can Virginia cruise past Butler?
No. 1 Virginia faces a tough challenge today at 7:10PM ET when the Cavaliers face No. 9 Butler in the NCAA Tournament.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Virginia is favored in this game, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -7.5 points against Butler today. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 130 points. These two play as part of the Midwest Region today from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Butler is 22-10 overall, 4-2 on a neutral court and 17-14-1 against the spread. Virginia is 27-7 overall, 7-1 on a neutral floor and 18-14 against the spread. Butler was able to beat Texas Tech, 71-61 on Thursday while Virginia had an 81-45 victory over Hampton.
Virginia isn’t a team that comes to mind when you think about potent offenses, but the Cavaliers have been on top of their game as of late. Eight of the Cavaliers’ last 11 wins have been by double figures and their losses (3) in that stretch have been by a combined 8 points and against the top teams in the ACC. While Butler is a formidable opponent, the Bulldogs will be dealing with a defensive effort it hasn’t faced this season and still be challenged to limit Virginia’s offense and Malcolm Brogdon. Virginia has covered in six of its last 7 against a winning team and I expect that to happen again tonight.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: VIRGINIA -7.5