NCAA Tournament: Ten Best Predictions Against The Spread, First Round

NCAA Tournament: Ten Best Predictions Against The Spread, First Round

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NCAA Tournament: Ten Best Predictions Against The Spread, First Round

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3. 1 Virginia vs. 16 Gardner-Webb

LINE: Virginia -23.5, o/u: 130.5
ATS PICK: Virginia

Gardner-Webb is a good team on a terrific roll.

It dropped a game in late February against High Point, but it won eight of its last nine games and 11 of its last 13. It’s great from three, the defense forces a ton of mistakes, it hits its free throws, and …

It’s about to get shoved right into the wood chipper.

This isn’t your Virginia team of the last few seasons. It can put up points on runs to go along with its slow-and-low overall style of play, and there’s that defense that’s the most devastating in all of college basketball.

Over the last 12 games – all against the ACC – the Cavaliers have allowed fewer than 60 points eight times. More than that, it was able to beat Georgia Tech by 30, Pitt by 24, Syracuse by 26 and NC State by 20.

And now it’s motivated.

If you don’t think Virginia is going to come out roaring in an attempt to prove to the world that the 1-16 loss to UMBC last year was a fluke ….

And the line went down a half a point. You won’t need it.

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