Louisville Cardinals vs. Virginia Cavaliers Basketball Betting Analysis
Posted by: Mike Davis
As usual, college basketball betting players have a large selection of sportsbook betting matchups to choose from. Notwithstanding the wide selection, bettors might want to pay special attention to this evening’s Louisville vs. Virginia basketball matchup. The Cavaliers, being the No. 2 team in the country, will open as the betting favorites. However, this opens the door for the Cards to come in and blow the nation away. Let’s take a look at what kind of parlay and picks players can make on this evening’s college basketball matchup.
Louisville vs. Virginia Basketball – Wednesday, January 31st
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
TV: ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Basketball Betting Lines:
Louisville Cardinals +9 ½ (-110) 123 ½ (-110) +380
Virginia Cavaliers -9 ½ (-110) 123 ½ (-110) -500
The Cardinals fly into this evening’s contest flashing a 16-5 record that ranks the program 2nd in the ACC. So far this season, Louisville has posted a 6-2 record in conference play, which places them 2 ½ games behind the leaders of the conference. Interestingly enough, Virginia currently leads the ACC so Louisville is presented with an opportunity to measure their prowess against the conference’s top dog. However, by the looks of it, the sportsbook betting lines don’t think that Louisville will be able to get the job done this evening. With Louisville posting a 2-1 record in their last 3, there’s more than enough reason to doubt them this evening. So, should bettors take the home team in this evening’s Louisville vs. Virginia basketball pairing?
All things considered, the Cards don’t stand much of a chance of upsetting Virginia on the road. Despite the alluring odds, players should avoid putting any action on the underdog this evening. Likewise, there’s not much value to be had in betting on Virginia, since the money line is so steep. Alternatively, college basketball betting players can take the Cavs on the spread, since Virginia has a brilliant 14-4 record against the spread.
The Cavs slide into this Wednesday night matchup sporting a 20-1 record that has convinced the nation that they are the 2nd best program in collegiate basketball. Virginia’s lone loss of the season came against the No. 18 West Virginia Cavaliers, so it’s not like they’ve lost to a pushover. Additionally, Virginia has been flawless in ACC play this season, posting a 9-0 record in conference play. On top of that, the Cavaliers enter this evening’s action riding a 12 game win streak that has this team full of confidence. But putting aside that awe-inspiring streak, how much of a statistical advantage do the Cavs have over this evening’s college basketball betting opponent?
Surprisingly enough, the Cardinals offense actually averages more points per game than the No. 2 team in the nation. Specifically, the 69.0 points Virginia averages per game is significantly less than the 78.5 the Cardinals deliver each game. Nevertheless, the Cavaliers’ defense is vastly superior to the unranked Louisville’s. At the current moment, Virginia is giving up a slim 52.1 points per game, giving them the best defense in collegiate ball. With those figures in mind, it’s clear that Louisville’s better scoring offense will get stuffed this sportsbook betting evening.