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Virginia vs Furman Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/16/23

Furman Paladins (27-7) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (25-7)
March 16, 2023 12:40 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5 / Furman Paladins +5.5 ; Over/Under:
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The Furman Paladins and the Virginia Cavaliers meet Thursday in NCAA Tournament First Round college basketball action from Amway Center. Furman is 27-7 overall this year. The Paladins won their conference tournament over Chattanooga last Monday. As for Virginia, they’re sitting at 25-7 on the year following a loss to Duke on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place. 

Furman Paladins 

Furman posted a 24-7 run across their regular season, ending with consecutive wins over East Tennessee State, Mercer and Samford. In the Southern Conference Tournament, the Paladins took out Mercer 73-58, then Western Carolina 83-80 in the first two games. 

Last Monday versus Chattanooga, Furman went into the locker room with a 38-33 edge. The Paladins hit a 50-46 run from there and won the game 88-79. Leading team scorer Jalen Slawson put up 20 points with five rebounds and four assists. 

Virginia Cavaliers 

Over on the Virginia side, they went 23-6 in their regular-season campaign. The Cavaliers beat Clemson and Louisville in the final two games. Virginia would then take out North Carolina 68-59 and Clemson 76-56 in their opening two games of the ACC Tournament. 

On Saturday versus Duke, the Cavaliers were outscored 24-17 in the first half. Virginia hit a 35-32 second-half deficit and lost 59-49. Reece Beekman led the way on 12 points, and Isaac McKneely put up 10 points with two rebounds. 


I’ll probably stick with Virginia. The Cavaliers took a tough loss to a scrappy Duke team on Saturday, shooting a rough 33.3 percent from the field with 12 turnovers and a 33-30 rebounding deficit. Prior to that Virginia had been playing well however, and they’ve held opponents to 60 or fewer points in five straight games. As for Furman, they’re on a nice six-game win streak themselves. The Paladins have scored 70 or more points in each of those outings, so they’ll certainly want to keep a quick pace here. That said, I don’t think they’ll be able to work past Virginia’s defense. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5

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