Oregon Ducks vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips
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Oregon Ducks vs Virginia Cavaliers Preview & Stats
9:50, Thursday March 28 @ KFC Yum Center, Louisville, KY.
In the South Region top-seed Virginia is a big betting favorite facing 12th seed Oregon.
Oregon has to be the Cinderella of the Big Dance since they are, by far, the lowest seed left in the tourney. There have not been many major upsets at all and after the Ducks, Auburn is the lowest seed still alive being the 5th seed in the Midwest Region.
Oregon has won both of their games by at least 18 points and in the two games have only given up 52 and 54 points respectively.
Virginia has won both College Basketball National Championship games by double figures and the team has the nation’s top-ranked defense only giving up an average of only 55 ppg.
The winner of this game faces the winner of the Purdue vs Tennessee game for the right to go to the Final Four.
Oregon Ducks Form
Oregon bounced another Cinderella from the tournament in their last game beating 13th seed UC Irvine 73-54. They jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and held the Anteaters to only 39.2% shooting while they shot 45.8%.
The Ducks also forced 15 turnovers in the game and in both of their games they have held their opponent under 40% shooting. Oregon had three players score in double figures in the UCI win led by Payton Pritchard, who had 18 points, but was only 7/18 from the field.
Pritchard leads three players averaging at least 10 ppg on the season at 13 ppg and in his last five games he has averaged 19 ppg. Louis King (12.9 ppg) is the 2nd leading scorer and the freshman forward has totaled 37 points in the two tourney games.
Virginia Cavaliers Form
The Cavaliers flexed their killer D in their last game beating Oklahoma 63-51 holding the Sooners to a FG% of 36.5%. While they shot a solid 48.2% from the field it is a little concerning that they only took five free throws and only forced seven turnovers.
Three players for UVA went for double digits led by Mamadi Diakite with 14 points and nine rebounds. While he is only averaging 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg he has totaled 31 points and 18 rebounds in his two games in the tourney.
Three players for the Cavaliers are averaging at least 13 ppg led by De’Andre Hunter (15.2 ppg), who had 10 points in the last after 23 points in the first-round win. Kyle Guy (15.1 ppg) is right behind him in the scoring department and has only totaled 12 points in the two tourney games and only going for four in the win over Oklahoma.
Ducks vs Cavaliers Betting Trends
- Oregon is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games.
- Oregon is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
- Oregon has an Under record of 15-5-1 in their last 21 games.
- Virginia is 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
- Virginia is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
- Virginia has an Under record of 6-1 in their last 7 non-conference games.
Oregon Ducks vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction & Tip
Both teams have been solid in the tournament so far playing great defense. Oregon is playing with a ton of confidence and they will come out ready for this game.
The Ducks Cinderella ride may be over with a loss, but they will, definitely, cover the spread in a defense battle that will be very low scoring.
Pick: Ducks +8 (-110)