A hot hand from Ryan Cline on Saturday would go a long way to helping Purdue make its first Final Four since 1980.
Just a year removed from the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament, Virginia is a game away from making the program’s first Final Four since 1984. Purdue stands in the way and will try its chances with the tournament’s leading scorer going against the best defence in college basketball.
Purdue (3) vs. Virginia (1) NCAA Tournament Point Spread and Betting
Purdue made its way into this Elite Eight matchup after a controversial foul call in the closing seconds of regulation against Tennessee on Thursday night. The Boilermakers took advantage of the opportunity and won the game in overtime while covering as 1.5-point underdogs against the Volunteers.
The Big Ten school is now 3-0 against the spread in the Big Dance this year and 9-4 ATS in its last 13 NCAA tourney matchups. Purdue is now 10-4 straight up and 9-5 ATS against non-conference opponents on the campaign.
The Over is 9-2 in the Boilermakers’ last 11 NCAA Tournament games, and 40-17-1 in they’re last 58 neutral site games.
Virginia is still dancing thanks to its remarkable defensive performance against Oregon on Thursday. The Cavaliers held the Ducks to just four points in the final 5:43 of the second half. The team is still alive despite the fact it can’t cover a spread. UVA is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 NCAA Tournament games after failing to cover as 8.5-point chalk against Oregon.
About 70 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are backing the Boilermakers to cover as 4.5-point underdogs in their game against the Cavaliers. The action seems pretty heavy on the Over too, with the total hanging around 126.
Carsen Edwards became the first player to score 25 or more points in four consecutive NCAA Tournament games since Stephen Curry with Davidson back in 2008. Edwards has been huge for Purdue all season, as has Ryan Cline.
The senior wing player registered a season-high 27 points against Tennessee, and he shot 7-for-10 on 3-point attempts. Cline is Purdue’s second-leading scorer but he averages 11 points fewer per game than Edwards.
UVA continues to suffocate opponents with stifling defence. The Cavaliers have allowed 56 or fewer points in all three of their tournament games and the Under 3-0 during the same stretch.
It’s crazy Virginia has made it this far without more production from leading scorer Kyle Guy. The junior guard has made just eight of his 38 attempts from the field in the Tournament and he’s 3-for-26 from beyond the arc.