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Belmont Bruins


Virginia Cavaliers
Friday, March 20, 2015 3:10 PM ET
Time Warner Cable Arena

After going 27-1 SU in their previous 28 games, the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers finished the year on a 1-2 SU skid over their last three games.

The Cavs will look to get things back on track at the Time Warner Cable Arena against the No. 15 Belmont Bruins in the Round of 64, facing a 16.5-point spread early in the week, per [custom:bodog-link].

The Cavaliers finished the regular season with the best defense in college basketball, allowing only 50.8 points per game on the year. With an injury-riddled offense and its elite defense, Virginia unsurprisingly trended heavily toward the UNDER down the stretch at 12-6-1.

No. 15 Belmont finished the season on a 7-0 SU run to win the Ohio Valley Tournament and punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will be looking for their first ever NCAA Tournament win after going 0-6 SU in their previous six attempts. Belmont lost five of those six games by double-digits.

A key stat here sees Belmont at just 7-23 SU as an underdog since 2009. Can they lose and still cover? Check out the latest lines at BetOnline.

Belmont Bruins vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Virginia Cavaliers are 29-3 overall and 17-14-1 ATS, while the Belmont Bruins are 22-10 and 12-17-1 ATS. As for the betting totals, Virginia boasts a 12-17-1 on the OU, and Belmont is 12-9-1.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Virginia Cavaliers rated this week at No. 37 and the Belmont Bruins sitting at No. 41.

How Belmont Bruins vs Virginia Cavaliers Stats Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Belmont Bruins rank No. 165 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 33.28 per game. That compares with Virginia’s No. 62 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Virginia is college basketball's No. 218-ranked team at 5.06 per game, while the Belmont Bruins rate No. 3 with 10.03 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins got a 21-point performance from Evan Bradds, who added 11 rebounds, as Belmont ran past Murray State 88-87 on Saturday at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points in a futile effort to lead the Cavaliers to a win (they lost 71-67 to North Carolina at Greensboro Coliseum on Friday).

Virginia vs Belmont betting trends:

Belmont covered six in a row to end the season

Belmont just 7-23 SU as underdog since 2009

Belmont 0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS in Madness play

Virginia 27-3 SU past 30 games, but 1-2 past three

Virginia 1-4-1 ATS past six games as double-digit chalk