Louisville at Virginia Betting Preview, Selection, Odds

Game: Louisville at Virgnia (-2)

Sharp: Dave Miller (-2)

Selection: Virginia

Two of the ACC's best will close out their regular seasons in Charlottesville as No. 10 Louisville (24-6, 15-4 ACC) travels to take on No. 22 Virginia (22-7, 14-5) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cardinals used 20 points and 12 rebounds from Jordan Nwora to earn a 68-52 home win over Virginia Tech last Sunday. Chris Mack's squad rebounded from a second loss to Florida State and is tied for first place with the Seminoles, who hold the tiebreaker for tournament seeding. Steven Enoch added eight points and 11 rebounds while Dwayne Sutton had eight points and nine rebounds—nice efforts stepping in for center Malik Williams, who was on the bench with a boot on his sprained left ankle. It's unclear whether or not he'll be available for the game against the Cavs.

Meanwhile, Virginia—ranked for the first time since early January—slipped by Miami (FL) 46-44 in Coral Gables on Wednesday night when Kihei Clark converted on both ends of a one-and-one with eight seconds left. It was par for the course for the defending national champion Cavaliers, who are very used to tight games and are tied with Duke for second place in the ACC. Junior center Jay Huff tied a career high with 17 points—UVA's first 17 points of the game. Yes, in one of the weirdest stats of the season, Huff was the only Cavalier to score in the first 16:42 of the game. Mamadi Diakite added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoos held a foe below 50 points for the 12th time this year.

The Cardinals are looking sweep the Hoos, who have won seven straight since falling to the ‘Ville. But the way Tony Bennett's team is playing, that seems unlikely. Louisville led most of the way in the first meeting before UVA came back to temporarily take the lead with 3:25 left. But the Cardinals were able to take down the Hoos after nine consecutive losses to them, and a big reason was their ability to draw 15 second-half fouls and win it at the free-throw line. Things should be a little different this time around.

Louisville has lost its last three road games, while Virginia has won its last five home matchups. Williams' availability is a major question mark for the Cards, especially with the coaching staff looking to make sure he is healthy for the ACC and NCAA Tournament, so the Hoos have the advantage in a close one. Williams is one of the country's best defensive big men in America, so Huff could take advantage of his absence.


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