Virginia vs Ohio March Madness Odds — First Round 2021

Posted By Staff on March 15, 2021

The No. 4 seed Virginia Cavaliers (18-6) and the No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats (16-7) will meet in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 7:15 PM ET. Virginia is favored by in the matchup, which airs on TRU. Here’s everything you need to know about this 4-13 matchup when filling out your brackets.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 15, 2021, 4:10 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Betting Odds

Virginia Betting Information

  • The Cavaliers have compiled a 12-11 record against the spread this season.
  • When favored by at least 7.5 points, the Cavaliers are 6-6 against the spread in 2020-21.
  • In 56.5% of their games this season (13/23), the Cavaliers and their opponents have outscored the set over/under.
  • In their last game, the Cavaliers got a team-high 21 points from Sam Hauser on the way to a 72-69 victory over Syracuse on Thursday. They were favored by 5.5 points and failed to covered the spread, and the teams combined to score 141 points to go over the 130 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Virginia Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Sam Hauser 24 16.0 6.7 1.8 0.5 0.4 2.6
Jay Huff 24 13.1 7.1 1.0 0.5 2.6 1.2
Trey Murphy III 24 11.3 3.4 1.3 0.8 0.5 2.0
Kihei Clark 24 9.5 2.0 4.6 0.8 0.0 0.8
Reece Beekman 24 4.7 2.9 3.0 1.2 0.3 0.4

Ohio Betting Information

  • With a 13-7 record ATS this season, the Bobcats have topped expectations.
  • The Bobcats earn a 5-1 record against the spread this season when they play as at least a 7.5-point underdog.
  • 11 of Ohio’s 20 games (55%) this season have covered the over/under.
  • The Bobcats took down Buffalo 84-69 and covered the spread as 2.5-point underdogs, while going under the 156 point total in their most recent game on Saturday. Jason Preston put up a team-high 22 points in the victory.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Ohio Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jason Preston 18 16.6 6.8 7.2 1.6 0.3 1.7
Dwight Wilson 22 14.9 7.5 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.0
Ben Vander Plas 23 12.8 5.7 3.8 1.5 0.6 2.0
Ben Roderick 21 12.4 3.0 1.0 0.6 0.2 2.4
Lunden McDay 23 10.3 2.3 1.3 0.7 0.2 1.1

Total Facts

  • Virginia’s games this year have gone over the point total for Saturday’s matchup (131.5 points) in nine out of 24 opportunities (37.5% of matchups).
  • 23 Ohio games this year (100% of its matchups) finished with a final score greater than Saturday’s over/under of 131.5 points.
  • Together, the two teams combine for 149.5 points per game, 18.0 points more than the over/under of 131.5 for this game.
  • These two teams give up a combined 133.8 points per game, 2.3 more than this contest’s over/under.
  • This season the average total for Cavaliers games is 129.1 points, 2.4 fewer than the over/under of 131.5 points for this contest.
  • The over/under for this matchup is 22.6 points fewer than the average over/under in Bobcats games this season (154.1 points).

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