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Virginia Cruises into Round of 32

Virginia Cavaliers NCAA March Madness

Of all three No. 1 seeds that took the floor Thursday, perhaps nobody looked as complete as the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia steamrolled Hampton in the Round of 64 and now go up against the No. 9-seeded Butler Bulldogs Saturday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Butler’s last seven games.
  • Butler is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against teams with a winning record.
  • Dating back to 2010, Butler has gone 13-2 ATS in their last 15 March Madness games.

Senior forward Anthony Gill paced the Cavaliers with 19 points en route to the 81-45 win over the Pirates Thursday afternoon. It was a fairly easy cover for Virginia backers as their team closed as 23-point favorites and covered that by 13 points.

Next up for the Cavaliers are the Butler Bulldogs. Butler defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 71-61 in Thursday's Round of 64 meeting and covered the spread as a 3.5-point favorite. Senior guard Kellen Dunham led the way for the Bulldogs with 23 points, including hitting five of nine from 3-point range in the process.

Virginia has been on fire both straight up and against the spread entering the Round of 32. The Cavaliers have won and covered the number in six of their last seven overall and have gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 7.0 or more.

Butler Bulldogs vs Virginia Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Butler Bulldogs will look to cover the spread vs the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, as the Bulldogs are 17-14-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cavaliers are 18-14 ATS. Butler is 17-14-1 against the total, while Virginia is 13-19 versus the total betting line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 44-rated Butler Bulldogs taking on the No. 22-rated Virginia Cavaliers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia has the nation's No. 183-rated offensive output, at 70.68 PPG. The visiting Butler Bulldogs defense ranks No. 122 allowing on average 70.84 PPG. The Cavaliers FG% has averaged 48.89% so far, more than the Virginia Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.63% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bulldogs got 23 points from Kellen Dunham as Butler ran past Texas Tech 71-61 on Thursday at PNC Arena.

Virginia cruised to victory on Thursday, running Hampton out of the gym and running up a 81-45 score at PNC Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Butler is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Butler is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Butler's last 7 games
  • Virginia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Virginia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Virginia's last 14 games