Postseason NIT - Virginia Cavaliers home to Norfolk State Spartans in NCAA Basketball betting action
Norfolk State Spartans vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Norfolk State Spartans in NCAA basketball action.
The Cavaliers sport records of 21-11 and 17-12-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Spartans have 21-11 and 2-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-12 for the Cavaliers and 1-2 for the Spartans.
The Cavaliers were listed as 18-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 122-ranked Cavaliers and the No. 147-rated Spartans in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 72-64 win for the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia's No. 260 nationally ranked offense (64 points per game) against a Spartans defense that sits as the No. 148 at 65.5 PPG. The Cavaliers have been averaging 45.6% from the field, more than the Spartans have managed so far this season (42% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Norfolk State owns the country's No. 84-rated mark, allowing 66 points per game on the highway. Virginia, on the other hand, rates No. 269 in scoring at home.
Norfolk State was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Bethune-Cookman. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Spartans endured a 70-68 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Pendarvis Williams at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Virginia was a 75-56 loser in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. Virginia got 19 points from Akil Mitchell but lost anyway, 75-56, to North Carolina State on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After playing North Carolina State are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Spartans at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Virginia is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Virginia's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Virginia's last 12 games
Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games