Purdue vs. Virginia Basketball Betting Picks for Elite 8 Match
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
With the last matchups of the Sweet Sixteen round finishing up this Friday, college basketball betting fans are ready to wager on the Elite 8 round of matchups. One of the first contests March Madness betting fans will be able to wager on is this Saturday’s Purdue vs. Virginia Basketball contest. The Cavs are fighting to make their first Final Four appearance since 1984. Similarly, the Boilermakers are looking to put an end to their Elite Eight drought that stretches all the way back to 1980. So which team has the edge this Saturday? Let’s check on the March Madness betting odds to find out.
Purdue vs. Virginia Basketball – Saturday, March 30th
When: 8:49 pm ET
Where: KFC Yum Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Stream: TBS Live
College Basketball Betting Odds:
The Boilermakers are coming off a narrow 99-94 win over Tennessee and is eager to get a crack at Virginia. All in all, Purdue enters this contest with a slim advantage on offense, seeing as how they’re scoring 76.7 per game while Virginia is putting up 71.0 per matchup. However, Virginia walks away with the defensive advantage here since they’re only giving up 54.8 per matchup. Comparatively the Cavs are giving up a slim 54.8 giving them one of the best defenses in the nation. In fact, the Cavs give up fewer points than any other team in the nation.
So will Purdue be able to put some points on the board tonight? That will ultimately be determined by how well they take their shots from beyond the arc. At the present time most of Purdue’s points come from beyond the three so they’ll need to be on point tonight. After all, Virginia also likes to get most of their points from the three.
Players to Watch: Carsen Edwards (23.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Ryan Cline (12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Matt Haarms (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg).
There’s no question that the Cavs bring a ton of momentum into this Elite 8 matchup after winning the last 19 matchups in a row. Clearly the college basketball betting odds think this should impact this Saturday’s matchup, seeing as how Virginia is a decisive favorite here. But to get the job done here, Virginia will have to turn to their rebounding. This is because both teams have a proclivity to shoot from outside so whoever is able to rebound will have more opportunities to make those missed shots. If that’s the case then Purdue get the edge as they’re snagging 37.4 rebounds per game while Virginia is draining 34.8.
Players to Watch: De’Andre Hunter (15.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Kyle Guy (14.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Ty Jerome (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.3 apg).
Purdue vs. Virginia Basketball Betting Predictions
Purdue vs. Virginia Basketball Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Purdue vs. Virginia basketball matchup? All things considered, Purdue is looking like a great pick here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 65-60 Purdue.