Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Saturday March 7th, 2015. At 6:30 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (28-1) and second-ranked Virgina Cavaliers of the Atlantic Coast Conference makes the trip from the Mother of States to “DERBY CITY”.
Virginia will play the (23-7) and number fourteen Louisville Cardinals also of the ACC in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at KFC Yum! Center on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. This Sports Handicapper believes both Virginia and Louisville are going to be in the 2015 March Madness Tournament but the two teams are missing a key player and advancing may be tough.
The opening betting line has Virginia as a two-point road favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds is not available for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Virginia Cavaliers won by twelve points at Syracuse in their last game on Monday March 2nd. Virginia is 16-1 on ACC play and has won the regular season title. The Cavaliers are seeking their second straight Conference Tournament Championship starting next week. Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett is becoming one of the most sought after commodities in College Basketball. The Cavaliers play smothering defense and are patient of offense. The Cavaliers ranks first in nationally defending, allowing opponents fifty points per contest. Junior Guard Malcolm Brogdon is one of the three Virginia players averaging double figures scoring the basketball.
The Cavaliers second leading scorer won’t be available until late March, Justin Anderson absence could hurt the Cavaliers in the “BIG DANCE”. Virginia won the first meeting earlier this season 52-47 in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers are 16-5-1 ATS their last twenty-two on the road. The Virginia Cavaliers are 3-1 their last four Free NCAA Basketball Expert Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total once and staying under the betting odds total three times. The Cavaliers are playing for a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. The teams will be the top seed in the prestigious ACC Classic.
The key to a Virginia win is to come out and focus. Betting Experts in Las Vegas has Virginia at +1,200 to win the 2015 March Madness College Basketball title.
The 2015 Louisville Cardinals has won three of four straight up. Lousiville was humbled at home at the hands of Notre Dame their last game 71-59 on March 4th.
The Cardinals are 11-6 in ACC play and fourth place. Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino must get his team ready for a tough stretch this month. The Cardinals will be without guard Chris Jones the rest of the way. Pitino is a matter this time of the year and knows what buttons to push. Terry Rozier is the team’s leading scorer; Montrezl Harrell is second with 15.6 points per contest.
Wayne Blackshear has plenty of experience and must also come up big the rest of the way. Louisville ranks second in the Conference defensively, allowing the opposition 59.3 per game. That statistic is misleading this time of the year; Pitino usually likes to play at a fast pace in March.
The betting odds under the total are 10-2 Louisville last twelve at home. The Louisville Cardinals are 5-5 overall their last ten Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total eight times.
The Cardinals are very capable of pulling the home upset. The key will be Harrell and Blackshear in the paint. Bovada.Lv has Louisville as +5000 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament.
Free Picks: Louisville+2.