UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs. Virginia Cavaliers, Las Vegas Odds, March Madness Sports betting, Picks and Prediction

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UNC WILMINGTON SEAHAWKS VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
29-5 March 16, 12:40 PM | Amway Center 22-10
NC-Wilmington vs Virginia, Sports Betting Lines
When: 12:40 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
TV: 12:40 p.m. ET, truTV

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Amway Center – Orlando, FL

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
721 –UNC Wilmington Seahawks +7½ -110 +290 Ov 134½ -110
722 –Virginia Cavaliers -7½ -110 -350 Un 134½ -110
 

The fans at Amway Center will be treated to a game between the UNC Wilmington Seahawks and the Virginia Cavaliers when they take their seats on Thursday, for the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament.

ABOUT UNC WILMINGTON (29-5): The Seahawks are carrying a seven-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament after closing out the regular-season CAA title and ripping through the conference tournament. Four players average at least 12.3 points for Wilmington, led by 6-foot-5 sophomore guard C.J. Boyce (17.6), who scored 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting in the win over College of Charleston in the CAA title game. The Seahawks lack size and often count 6-7 sophomore forward Devontae Cacok as the tallest player on the floor surrounded by guards that push the tempo.

ABOUT VIRGINIA (22-10): The Cavaliers will do everything they can to eliminate the tempo the Seahawks prefer to play while trying desperately to score some points of their own. Senior guard London Perrantes (12.5 points) is the only player averaging double figures in scoring and he slumped to three points on 1-of-9 shooting in the loss to Notre Dame that knocked Virginia out of the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers did get an encouraging performance in that loss from junior guard Devon Hall, who collected 12 points and nine rebounds after totaling nine points and eight boards combined in the previous two games.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Cavaliers listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Seahawks, while the game’s total is sitting at 134.5.

Virginia survived the gauntlet of ACC play in the regular season and came out of it with a No. 5 seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers will begin their tournament run on Thursday in Orlando, Fla., against No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington, which breezed to a Colonial Athletic Association title behind a potent offense ranked in the top 10 nationally.

That Seahawks, who average 85.2 points and reached 100 seven times during the season, will match up against a Virginia defense that led the nation in points allowed (55.6) and held six different opponents under 45 points. Defense has been the calling card for the Cavaliers under coach Tony Bennett, who brought the team to the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed last year and had his team in a top-2 seed in each of the previous three NCAA Tournaments. That defense showed some cracks at times during ACC play and in the conference tournament, when Virginia was bounced by Notre Dame in the second round while allowing the Fighting Irish to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor. UNC Wilmington is making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is facing an ACC team again after falling to fourth-seeded Duke 93-85 last spring.

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MARCH MADNESS TIPS

1. Cacok shoots 79.9 percent from the floor and went 16-of-17 during the three CAA tournament games.

2. Virginia G Darius Thompson is 7-of-11 from 3-point range in the last three games.

3. The Cavaliers lost to a team seeded three or more slots lower in each of their last three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Virginia Cavaliers will cover the spread at -7½ and the game will stay under 134½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Virginia 71, UNC Wilmington 60 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
NCWIL TEAM VIRGA
85.2 PTS FOR 66.6
74.9 PTS AGNST 55.6
10.2 DIFF. 11.0
23.9 DEF REBOUNDS 24.1
12.0 OFF REBOUNDS 8.8
48.2 FG% 46.4
69.2 FT% 70.8
9.6 3 POINTERS 7.0
6.8 STEALS 5.7
BETTING TRENDS
UNC WILMINGTON
No trends to report
VIRGINIA
Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia’s last 8 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
UNC Wilmington’s Overall Scoring vs Virginia’s Overall Defense 85.2 10 55.6 2
UNC Wilmington’s Away Scoring vs Virginia’s Home Defense 79.1 22 50.8 2
UNC Wilmington’s Road Rebounds vs Virginia’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.4 93 27.9 3
Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs UNC Wilmington’s Overall Defense 66.6 312 74.9 245
Virginia’s Home Scoring vs UNC Wilmington’s Road Defense 66.9 329 75.1 185
Virginia’s Home Rebounds vs UNC Wilmington’s Road Rebounds Allowed 35.2 253 35.5 156
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
UNC WILMINGTON
No trends to report
VIRGINIA
Virginia has the second stingiest defence in the league at 55.6 points per game.

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