Ohio vs Virginia Pick: West Region Round 1, March 20th
Ohio vs Virginia Pick – Saturday, March 20th – West Region Round One: The Bobcats come into their round one match against Virginia with a 16-7 record, having gone 14-7 ATS, and 12 of their 21 games going over the total. They face a Virginia Cavaliers team that finds themselves in a disastrous situation, potentially having to pull out due to COVID-19 protocol. The Cavs are 18-6 on the season with an 11-12-1 ATS record, and have gone Over the total in 14 of their 24 games this season.
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Ohio: Ohio won the Mac Championship with a convincing 84-69 win over Buffalo. They were up 41-21 at the half and coasted home. Jason Preston was excellent, scoring 22p and adding 7 assists, 6 boards, and 5 steals. He fills the stat sheet nightly averaging 16.6 points per game with 6.8 boards and 7.2 assists per game. Ben Roderick added 20 points himself in the win. The Bobcats have five players averaging double digits. They score 80.9 points per game and get excellent distribution getting 17.9 assists per game. They hit 48.9% from the field, 36.1% from three, and 70.1% from the foul line.
Virginia: Virginia had to leave the ACC tournament after defeating Syracuse 72-69 on a Reece Beekman buzzer-beater due to a positive covid case from one of their players. A “majority” of the Virginia men’s basketball team, which is set to defend its NCAA tournament title this upcoming week, is currently in quarantine due to contact with the teammate. That player, who reportedly saw game time vs. Syracuse, will likely not be able to play in the NCAA tournament’s first or second round, Bennett said. It creates a very tricky cap.
Virginia can play in the NCAA tournament as long as it has five eligible players. So unless a majority of the team tests positive over the coming week, no NCAA rule will force it to withdraw. If the Cavs do have to withdraw, the NCAA’s protocols depend on when they withdraw. If the decision is made before Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, Louisville – the first team left out of the NCAA tournament field – would replace Virginia as the No. 4 seed in the West region. Its stingy defense leads Virginia. They score 68.6 points per game while only turning the ball over 9.4 times a game. Sam Hauser leads the team with 16 points per game. He is followed by Jay Huff and Trey Murphy, who also average double digits. All three hit over 40% from three. As a team, they shoot the ball very well, hitting 48% from the field, 38.1% from three, and 81.7% from the stripe.
Ohio vs Virginia Odds
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