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Virginia vs. Louisville - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (19-12) at Virginia Cavaliers (28-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 121.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Out at Barclays Center on Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals and the Virginia Cavaliers will be matching up in college basketball’s ACC Tournament. 

Louisville comes into this game with a 20-12 record overall. After starting out the year at 15-4, the Cardinals have hit the skids since January 21, winning just four games heading into the ACC Tournament. 

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Virginia vs. Louisville - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cardinals came up with a big win on Wednesday versus Florida State 82-74. In that one, Louisville forward Ray Spalding managed 18 points with four rebounds. Quintin Snider was the top scorer on 19 points with five rebounds and six assists for the Cardinals. 

Over on the Virginia side, they’re sitting at 28-2 on the year. The Cavaliers have won the last five games, and took out Notre Dame in their last appearance Saturday. In that game, Virginia guard Devon Hall led the team on 17 points. 

Heading up the scoring on the year for the Cavaliers is Kyle Guy with 13.9 PPG. Also in double-figures for Virginia this season are Hall (11.9 PPG; 4.4 RPG) and Ty Jerome (10.6 PPG; 3.7 APG). 

Louisville is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine following a straight-up win. The Cardinals are also 7-3-1 ATS in thier last 11 following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in the last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 overall. Virginia is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 versus the ACC. 

Before their 82 points versus Florida State, Louisville hadn’t hit 70 points in either of their previous two outings. The Cardinals have been fairly competitive in the first two games of this series, losing 74-64 on January 31 at Virginia and 67-66 last Thursday at home. It’s going to be tough getting through that Cavs defense, but I think Louisville can get close enough to cover.

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