The fourth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers are hoping to make a deep NCAA Tournament run as they open play against the 13th-seeded Furman Paladins in a South Region game on Thursday in Orlando, Florida. The Cavaliers (25-7), who are the regular season co-champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, are making their 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth since 2012. The Paladins (27-7), who won both the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles, are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1980. This is the seventh time Furman has earned a berth in the tournament.
The game from Amway Center will tip off at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers are favored by 5.5 points in the latest Furman vs. Virginia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 131. (See up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page.)
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The model knows senior guard Armaan Franklin powers the Cavaliers, averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He is connecting on 42.3% of his field goals, including 37.8% from 3-point range, and 70.2% of his free throws. Franklin has reached double-digit scoring in five of the past six games, including a 16-point performance in a 76-56 win over Clemson in Friday's ACC Tournament semifinal. He scored a season-high 26 points against then-fifth-ranked Baylor in an 86-79 win on Nov. 18.
But the model also has taken into account the Paladins are led by senior guard Mike Bothwell. In 34 games, all starts, he is averaging 18 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists. He is connecting on 51.9% of his field goals and 82.9% of his free throws. He is coming off a 16-point performance in an 88-79 win over Chattanooga in the Southern Conference Tournament Championship Game. He's had two 30-plus point games. He scored 36 points in a 72-70 win over Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 17, and scored 35 points in a 93-79 victory at Samford on Feb. 25.
Now, the model has set its sights on Furman vs. Virginia. We can tell you the model is leaning Over on the point total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in 60% of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see the model before locking in any college basketball picks.
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