Ducks vs. Cavaliers Prediction
The 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks have been one of the most surprising stories of March and will look to continue on tonight despite having a difficult matchup against the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. Can Oregon keep it close enough to stay within the number?
Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cavaliers are an 8.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 119.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 61 percent of public bets are siding with Oregon. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Ducks pull away from Anteaters
Oregon rolled to a 73-54 victory over UC-Irvine Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to move to 25-12 on the season. The Ducks outscored the Anteaters 38-31 in the second half to pull away. Oregon shot 27-of-59 from the floor, 13-of-25 from 3-point distance plus 6-of-8 at the free throw line. Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting including 2-of-5 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also tallied seven assists and four rebounds. Louis King had 16 points along with four boards. Ehab Amin accounted for 12 points, six caroms, three steals and two assists off the bench. Kenny Wooten added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Cavs clamp down on Sooners
Virginia picked up a 63-51 victory Sunday night over Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tourney to move to 31-3 on the season. The Cavaliers led 31-22 at halftime and held on from there. Virginia shot 27-of-56 from the field, 7-of-24 from 3-point range plus 2-of-5 at the free throw line. Mamadi Diakite paced the Cavs with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He also ripped down nine rebounds. Ty Jerome tallied 12 points, three assists, three steals and two boards. De'Andre Hunter added 10 points and three rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Ducks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games. Oregon is 7-0 ATS in its last seven neutral site games.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Virginia is 1-5 ATS in its last six NCAA Tournament games.
Oregon has had a fantastic run in winning 10 in a row, but let's not forget it feasted on a weak Pac 12 Conference and its only win against a ranked team this season has come against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament. Now it runs into a Virgina squad that is top three nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. I don't thnk the Ducks are ready for this kind of an opponent. While the Oregon defense can probably do a decent job of limiting Virginia, I expect its offense to struggle all game long. Go with the Cavs to cover here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS -8.5