Louisville Cardinals (13-18) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (18-12)
March 9, 2022 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5 / Louisville Cardinals +5.5; Over/Under: -
(Click here for latest betting odds)
The Louisville Cardinals and Virginia Cavaliers meet Wednesday in the college basketball ACC Second Round at the Barclays Center. The Louisville Cardinals need a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Virginia Cavaliers look for a win after winning six of their last nine games.
The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 67.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Noah Locke is averaging 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds, while Malik Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Dre Davis is dishing 0.8 assists and El Ellis is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game.
The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 63.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 60.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds, while Armaan Franklin is averaging 11.5 points and 1.5 assists. Kihei Clark is the third double-digit scorer and Reece Beekman is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.7 rebounds per game.
The Cardinals are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Cardinals last 6 neutral site games. The over is 7-3 in Cavaliers last 10 overall. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Louisville Cardinals have not been able to string together solid performances this season, and I doubt things change on the end of a back to back. The Virginia Cavaliers just beat Liusiville by 10 points on the road a few days ago, and they need a win or two to improve their big dance resume. Louisville loses in the underdog role by an average of 10.7 points. I’ll lay the chalk with the Cavs.