Furman vs Virginia Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/16/23

Virginia Cavaliers (25-7) vs Furman Paladins (27-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 12:40 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -6 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Virginia Cavaliers and Furman Paladins face off on Thursday in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center. 

Virginia Betting Preview

Virginia comes into this game with a 25-7 record overall and they have gone 12-18-2 against the spread. Virginia’s record is good, but there are a ton of questions surrounding this team. In the last game against Duke, Virginia scored only 49 points and they ended up losing by ten points. In the first half the offense only managed 17 points. Reece Beekman had a strong game finishing with 12 points, four assists, and one rebound. Virginia is averaging 67.8 points while their defense is giving up 60.2 points per game. Armaan Franklin has been the top player for Virginia averaging 12.5 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

Furman Betting Preview

Furman comes into this game with a 27-7 record overall and they have gone 18-13 against the spread. Furman dominated the Southern Tournament and in the last game against Chattanooga, they were able to secure the 88-79. Jalen Slawson had a strong game finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Furman is averaging 82.1 points while their defense is giving up 71.2 points per game. They want to push the pace, and even against a team that wants to slow down the pace, I would expect they are going to try and push the pace here. Mike Bothwell is averaging 18 points while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Virginia vs Furman Trends

Furman is 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record. The under is 5-1 in the Cavaliers last six games following an against-the-spread loss. The Cavaliers are 1-4-2 against the spread in their last 7 games following a straight-up loss.

Shane’s Free Pick

This is a game that Furman can win, but if they do lose, it’s only going to be by a couple of points. Furman is averaging 82.1 points per game and they are going to find offensive success in this game. I’m not sold on the Virginia offense, and Furman is going to keep this game close. Back Furman against the spread. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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