NC-Wilmington VS Virginia SpreadNoah Williams
When the 12th-ranked NC-Wilmington Seahawks take on the fifth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, you’re not only going to be treated to a classic David vs. Goliath scenario, but also a classic, offense vs. defense pairing. Now let’s find out if the upstart Seahawks can get the huge upset over the ACC championship hopeful Cavaliers.
How To Bet The NC-Wilmington Seahawks Vs Virginia Cavaliers Spread & TV Info
Virginia is an 8.5-point favorite in this affair when it goes down on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:40 PM ET, live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida while airing live on TruTV.
No. 12 NC-Wilmington (29-5) vs. No. 5 Virginia (22-10)
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:40 PM ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Odds: Virginia -8.5
Why Bet The NC-Wilmington Seahawks Odd at +8.5
The North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks (14-15-1 ATS) are a good bet for a couple of reasons. First, the Seahawks are on a red-hot roll having won seven straight games and nine of their last 10 including their 78-69 CAA tournament championship win over Charleston. Another great reason to back the Seahawks in this matchup is that NC-Wilmington averages a whopping 85.2 points per game to rank 10th nationally in scoring while also ranking 21st nationally in field goal percentage (48.2%).
Last but not least, the Seahawks have a quartet of players that all average double figures in scoring including leading scorer C.J. Bryce (17.6 ppg).
Why Bet The Virginia Cavaliers Odds at -8.5
Despite losing to Notre Dame 71-58 in the ACC tournament last Thursday, Virginia (18-12 ATS) is playing solid basketball, having won their previous four games while holding nationally-ranked Louisville to 55 points and nationally-ranked North Carolina to a mind-boggling 43 points, not to mention holding Pittsburgh to just 42 points during the stretch. Virginia’s defense that led the nation in points allowed (55.6) and held six different opponents under 45 points.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While I do have some concerns that senior guard London Perrantes (12.5 points) is the only Virginia player averaging double figures in scoring while four players average double digits for NC-Wilmington, I’m going to urge you to back the Virginia Cavaliers to get the win and narrow ATS cover despite the fact tht 53 percent of the betting public like NC-Wilmington to cover against the often offensively-challenged Cavaliers.
Virginia has a huge size advantage and overall talent level and should dominate the glass while limiting NC-Wilmington’s chances at the offensive end of the floor. The Cavaliers average 10 more points per game than they allow and that’s how many points i like the Cavaliers to win this affair by.
My final score prediction is Virginia 74 UNC Wilmington 64