March Madness is all about the All-American underdog knocking off the Goliath-esque favorite, but can the 15th-seeded Belmont Bruins are beat the 2nd-seeded and 16.5-point favorite Virginia Cavaliers?
Virginia was a great bet earlier this season, covering the spread in 12 of its first 16 lined games. However, the Cavaliers have been leaking cash lately, going 5-9 against the spread over the last five weeks and losing two out of their last three, giving Belmont some hope.
Speaking of Belmont, it has lost a total of 10 games, but it is riding a seven-game winning streak.
A Closer Look At The Belmont Bruins Vs. Virginia Cavaliers March Madness Betting Line, Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Matchup: (15) Belmont Bruins vs (2) Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 3:10 p.m. ET
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Time Warner Cable Arena
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Belmont Vs Virginia
Point Spread: Cavaliers -16.5
Belmont Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Reece Chamberlain, 6-1, Sr., 8.5 ppg, 6.1 apg
- G Craig Bradshaw, 6-3, Jr., 18.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
- G Taylor Barnette, 6-3, So., 10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg
- G Evan Bradds, 6-6, So., 14.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
- F Amanze Egekeze, 6-8, Fr., 5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
- Coach: Rick Byrd (29th year)
Virginia Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G London Parrentes, 6-2, So., 6.3 ppg, 4.7 apg
- G Justin Anderson, 6-6, Jr., 13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
- G Malcom Brogdon, 6-5, Jr., 13.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg
- F Anthony Gill, 6-8, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg
- C Mike Tobey, 6-11, Jr., 7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
- Coach: Tony Bennett (sixth season)
The Belmont Bruins and the Virginia Cavaliers never faced eachother in March Madness betting history and now the Cavs are a daunting double-digit favorite.
Belmont won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and clinched its seventh NCAA tournament berth. They finished the season 22-10, 12-16-1 against the spread but lost the two games they had against teams that qualified to the 2015 March Madness tournament. Junior Craig Bradshaw (18.1 PPG, 3.7 RPB, 3.2 APG) and sophomore guard Evan Bradds (14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.3 APG) lead the team during the regular season as the Bruins average 74.5 points per game (32nd), 15.4 assists per game (26th), shooting 47.6% from the field (25th). Their defense allows a high 70.3 PPG (278th) and grabs 33.3 rebounds per game (223rd).
“It’s important to us to have four men on the floor that can shoot it,” coach Rick Byrd said Monday. “[Opposing] bigs don’t really like to go out and guard the 3-point line, so we try to recruit to that.”
Virginia spent most of the regular season with one loss in their resume, but two losses in their last three, including a four-point defeat against North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals, has put doubts in handicappers heads. The Cavaliers are led by junior guard Malcolm Brogdon (13.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and junior guard Justin Anderson (12.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.8 APG). The Cavs scores 65.3 points per game, shooting 46.3% from the field (53rd) and recording 12.9 assists per game (151st). Their defense allows 50.8 points per game (2nd), and they get 36.2 rebounds per game (80th).
"It’s an exciting time; there’s no question," Tony Bennett said. "It’s more about match ups than it is about seedings. There’s a number of teams that probably could have gotten a one-seed, but Wisconsin deserved it. You could make the case for a few of them, but no problem, we have to show up and do our work."
The Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games.
The Cavaliers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Friday games, but 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss, 30-12-2 ATS in their last 44 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.