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Gardner-Webb vs. Virginia - 3/22/19 NCAA March Madness Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb
Date & Time Friday March 22, 2019, 3:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, SC
The Line
Virginia -22 / over-under: 130.5
TV Channel
TRUTV
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Friday NCAA college basketball action features the Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs facing the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Garner-Webb Running Bulldogs defeated the Radford Highlanders 76-65 in the Big South championship game to enter the Big Dance with five straight wins.

DJ Laster spearheaded the Runnin’ Bulldogs upset with a contest high 32 points and six boards with David Efianayi adding 15 points, three yanks and five assists.

Jose Perez gave Gardner-Webb eleven points, seven rebounds and four helpers followed by Eric Jamison Jr. chipping in with eight points.

The Virginia Cavaliers fell to the Florida State Seminoles 69-59 in the Atlantic Coast semifinals as a nine point favorite but still head to the Big Dance as a #1 seed.

The struggling Cavaliers offense saw 13 points on 6-12 from the floor followed by Kyle Guy who tossed in eleven points and handed out four assists.

Virginia received ten points, two yanks and two steals from Ty Jerome while Kihei Clark and Jack Salt combined for 17  points and nine rebounds.

Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and  are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and  are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Virginia Cavaliers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and are 43-18-1 ATS in their last 62 games overall and  are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Friday games and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.

Games with big spreads at tournament time can be difficult to predict because teams get up big and coast on to the next round. Having said that I think the Cavaliers feed off their early ouster from last year and play for 40 minutes and play their brand of basketball which will make it tough for Gardner-Webb to score...

Pick:
Virginia -22

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