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Virginia begins its title defense as 7.5 point favorites over Ohio

by Mike Spector | Cavaliers Correspondent |
Thu, Mar 18th 10:13pm EDT

As there was no NCAA tournament last year, the Virginia Cavaliers begin defense of their 2019 national championship after a 710-day layoff between tournaments. In their first round matchup with the Ohio Bobcats, the Cavaliers are 7.5 point favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds.

Betting Impact:

One of the most fascinating matchups to watch in this game will be the pesky defense of Virginia point guard Kihei Clark against future NBA player Jason Preston of Ohio. Ohio enters 9-1 SU and 9-1 ATS in their last ten games. The narrative surrounding Virginia is their one player who tested positive for COVID-19 after their quarterfinal win over Syracuse, thus forcing them to forfeit their spot in the ACC tournament. Virginia reportedly was able to practice on Saturday morning, but bettors want to read up as much as they can about the Cavaliers players' availability as we get closer to tip-off.

Game: OHIO at UVA Sat Mar 20th, 7:15pm ET | Categories: Line Movements