March Madness Expert Picks: Oregon vs. Virginia

The KFC! Yum Center in Louisville, KY will play host to Sweet Sixteen games games for the
NCAA Tournament South Region on Thursday night. The final game to tip of the evening will see
the #12 seed Oregon Ducks face the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers.

Our series of March Madness Predictions continues as we take a look at this game in full detail.

Date/Time/TV: Thur. March 28, 9:59 PM EST, TBS

Vegas Odds March Madness

Spread: Virginia Cavaliers -8 (-110)

Total: 119

Game Preview

The Ducks advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 73-54 victory over UC Irvine in round two on
Saturday, a game for which they were favored by 4.5 points. On the year, Oregon checks in at 25-12
(22-15 ATS).

The Cavaliers also played their second-round game on Saturday. They defeated Oklahoma by a score
of 63-51 in a game they were favored by 10.5-points. Overall, Virginia brings a record of 31-3 (25-
10 ATS) to the table.

Oregon Ducks

Oregon played Wisconsin in the first-round on Friday. While they were 1.5-point underdogs at tip-
off, they managed to walk away with a 72-54 win. Previously, the team defeated Washington by 20
points in the Pac-12 final. Over the last 10, the Ducks are a perfect 10-0 (10-0 ATS).

On totals, Oregon checks in at 12-24-1 for the year to date and at 2-2-1 for the last five. In the victory
over UC Irvine, Payton Pritchard dropped 18 points, while Louis King contributed 16. They’re
averaging 13.0 and 12.9 ppg respectively.

Virginia Cavaliers

In round one action on Friday, Virginia played Gardner-Webb as 22.5-point favorites. They failed to
cover in a 71-56 victory. The team made it to the ACC semifinals before falling by 10 points to
Florida State. For their last 10, the Cavaliers are 9-1 (7-3 ATS).

Totals have been Under for three of the last four and lean that way on the year at 15-19. De’Andre
Hunter leads the way in scoring for Virginia with 15.2 ppg. Kyle Guy is next up with 15.1 ppg. In the
victory over Oklahoma, Mamadi Diakite led the team with 14 points.

Oregon vs. Virginia March Madness Prediction

The Ducks were last in the tournament in 2017. They advanced to the Final Four before dropping a
1-point decision to North Carolina. The year before, the team made it to the Elite Eight before losing
by a score of 80-68.

In last year’s first-round, the #1 seed Cavaliers were stunned by #16 UMBC by a score of 74-54. The
year before, they lost to Florida in the second-round by 26 points. In 2016, they made it to the Elite
Eight before losing to Syracuse six points.

Virginia is the stronger team overall with edges across the board. They’re 8-point favorites as a
result, but Oregon has been playing really well of late. We’ll take the Ducks plus the points as they
keep it closer than expected.

Oregon Ducks vs. Virginia Cavaliers NCAA Tournament Pick: Oregon Ducks +8 (-110)

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Christopher Feery

    A freelance writer by trade and lifelong sports fan, Chris got off the fence and entered the world of sports betting content when his home state of New Jersey finally legalized wagering in the summer of 2018. This quickly became his full-time focus, and he absolutely loves sharing information with loyal readers and subscribers. He subscribes to the theory that numbers don't lie, but he also knows they don't always tell the whole story. Chris likes to keep it simple to avoid paralysis by analysis, but he's not shy about digging deep to find the answers he seeks. A two-time nominee and one-time winner of Fantasy Sports Writers Association year-end awards for football content, Chris will gladly discuss fantasy pigskin all year long, as well as anything else to do with the NFL or CFB. While football tops his list, he also has quite the affinity for other fields of play, priding himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information that provides positive results.

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