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21-10 (4-1 N) Hampton Pirates vs. Virginia Cavaliers 26-7 (6-1 N)
2016 NCAA Tournament – March Madness – Round of 64
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 3:10 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Cavaliers -24
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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The Pirates are no strangers to the NCAAs and are in the field thanks to their mastery of the MEAC. They were regular season and conference champs.
They have some nice players but this squad does not go very deep – only six players scored in the conference title game. That puts a lot of pressure on their top two guys to perform. A lot of pressure.
Those players are guards Reggie Johnson and Quinton Chievous. Between the two of them they average 35ppg. Johnson leads the team in assists while Chievous leads in rebounding. He is 6’6″ and his 11rpg average is pretty impressive for any league.
A sixteen has never beaten a one and it is unlikely to happen here but maybe the pace of play keep the Pirates in the game longer than expected.
The Cavs were able to get a top seed even though they lost a hard fought battle to North Carolina in the ACC title game. I would have put Michigan State in there but it is hard to argue with this too much.
As as become the custom the Cavaliers are one of the best defensive teams in America. They make you work hard on every possession and the Pirates lack of depth is likely to be exploited as a result. To beat them you have to elevate the pace.
As good as the Pirates guards may be I would still rather have the Cavs duo of Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes.
Brogdon is probably one of the top five players in America and could be using this as one final chance to show the nation just how good he and this program really are. They don’t yet have the postseason results to match their regular season success.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Virginia’s last 13 games
- Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Hampton
Free Hampton Pirates vs. Virginia Cavaliers CBB Prediction:
Everyone knows that a top seed has never lost to a #16. I am not going to predict it here. Hampton, to its credit has had some magic in the past. They once won their opening round game as a #15. Even that does not happen all that often.
This is a very big spread for a team like Virginia to cover. Its not that they are not good enough but this one could never be close and they only win by 18.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Hampton Pirates +24
The thing that also bodes in the Pirates favor (its all relative) is that they are not dependent on getting points from the post. Virginia is excellent on post defense.
The Pirates guards won’t find things easy on the perimeter but they should be able to get a lot of the shots they want. They just have to make a few.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Virginia 71 – Hampton 56
I do not expect Hampton to be a threat but unless they are absolutely terrible they can keep this one within the number.
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