By Scott Spreitzer
Louisville @ Virginia
Both teams play outstanding basketball on the defensive end, but Virginia certainly didn’t live up to its rep in the second half of their weekend loss at Syracuse. The Cavaliers led 34-22 at halftime, but Syracuse opened up the floor to start the second half and finished making 73.7% of their FGA over the final 20 minutes, including 67% of their 3-pointers. Tony Bennett will be looking for his troops to clamp down on the defensive end in this one and I suspect they will.
The Cavaliers have presented Rick Pitino with scheme and matchup problems, beating Louisville in four of the last five meetings. The Cardinals are on a 3-game winning and covering streak, but the competition gets much tougher tonight. Louisville enters on a 1-6-1 ATS slide as a road dog, while UVA is on a 7-0, 100% ATS run as a home favorite of less than seven points.
I’m recommending a play on Virginia -4 on Monday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.