Colorado State vs Virginia Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/19/24

Virginia (23-10) vs Colorado State (24-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 9:10 pm (University of Dayton Arena)

Betting Odds: Virginia +2.5 -- Over/Under: 121 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado State Rams and the Virginia Cavaliers will meet this Tuesday in a First Four matchup in Dayton at the UD Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Colorado State vs. Virginia Prediction.

• The Colorado State recent form and recent player performance 

• The Virginia recent form and recent play performance

• Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Colorado St.

• Recent Betting trends and streaks involving UVA

• Recent betting trends in games played between Colorado State vs Virginia 

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Colorado State vs Virginia

Colorado State Preview: Will the Rams Make the Mountain West Proud?

Colorado State comes in at 22-9 after losing to New Mexico in the Mountain West Semifinals, 74-61. The Rams were outplayed in both halves by the Lobos, and they’ll look to secure their second victory over the ACC here against the Cavaliers. CSU is scoring 76.7 points per game, on 49.3% shooting, while allowing 68.4 ppg, and they’re 5-5 over their previous ten games.

Colorado State Team Profile

  • Veteran guard Isaiah Stevens posted a double-double in the first round win over SJSU, and he leads CSU in scoring (16.8) and assists (7.0). 
  • Senior forward Joel Scott has hit the 16-point mark in four of the last five games, and he’s second on the team at 12.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
  • Colorado Springs native Nique Clifford has snagged 9 boards or more in five straight contests, and he leads the Rams in rebounding (7.3), while averaging 12.5 ppg. 

Virginia Preview: Can the Cavaliers Capitalize?

Virginia also enters at 22-9 after losing to N.C. State in the ACC Semifinals, 73-65. The Cavaliers were outlasted by the Wolfpack in overtime, and they’ll try to avenge last year’s upset by getting into the Field of 64 this Tuesday. UVA is scoring 63.5 points per game, on 43.7% shooting, while allowing 59.6 ppg, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games.

Virginia Team Profile

  • Veteran guard Reese Beekman recorded back-back double-doubles versus Boston College & N.C. State, and he leads Virginia in scoring (14.3) and assists (6.0), while grabbing 3.5 rpg.
  • Second-year guard Isaac McNeely went for a game-high 23 points in the loss to N.C. State, and he’s second on the team at 12.4 ppg.  
  • Sophomore guard Ryan Dunn leads the Wahoos in rebounding (6.9), while scoring 8.2 ppg.  

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Colorado State Team Facts

• Colorado State has won each of its last six Tuesday games against non-Conference opponents.

• Each of Colorado State's last 10 games have produced a total of 126+ points.

• Colorado State has won the first half in nine of its last 12 games against non-Conference opponents.

Virginia Cavaliers Team Facts

• Virginia has won 30 of its last 37 games against non-Conference opponents at neutral venues.

• Each of Virginia's last five games have produced a total of 121+ points.

• Virginia has won the first half in 10 of its last 13 games against non-Conference opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

• Virginia ranks 2nd among Division 1 teams for assist to turnover ratio this season (1.83).

• UVA ranks 361st among Division 1 teams for free throws made per game this season (9.0).

• Colorado State ranks 13th among Division 1 teams for field goal percentage this season (49.3%).

• CSU ranks 16th among Division 1 teams for true shooting percentage this season (59.7%).

Colorado State vs Virginia Prediction: Spread

Kudos to the Mountain West for nabbing six spots in the Field after an eventful conference tournament slate, but one half of this matchup feels out of place. It’s bittersweet to go against home soil, but Virginia shouldn’t have received the nod to redeem themselves over a handful of worthy schools, and I like putting that to the test here. UVA capitalized on a down year in the ACC, while CSU put together two strong portions of the season, and the latter should have no trouble getting up for this game. The spotlight is on the Mountain West, so let’s see if Colorado State can answer the call here on Tuesday night. 

Colorado State vs Virginia Prediction: Total 

The total on this game continues to rise, as the 118.5-mark is historically low for a NCAA Tournament game. It’s very possible Virginia attempts to put Colorado State to sleep with a very slow-paced game, so while a low-scoring bout isn’t out of the question, the magic number is still in an attainable spot. Colorado State only had four games surface this number all season, and those were against defensive-minded SDSU, Creighton, and Boise State squads, so if they can dictate the pace of this game, the Over may worth taking a chance on.

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