Virginia vs Auburn 2019 March Madness Odds & Expert Pick.

Virginia vs Auburn 2019 March Madness Odds & Expert Pick

Written by on April 2, 2019

If you want the wonderful anarchy of a crazy and unpredictable first weekend, you might have to settle for later rounds with more than their share of lopsided matchups and consequent blowouts. In turn, a by-the-numbers opening weekend by all rights ought to lead to the best basketball of the season, as 16 superior teams scrap against one another for a national championship. With this year’s Final Four field set after second-seeded Michigan State’s 1-point victory over the top overall seed, Duke, on Sunday, the second part of that bargain has been consummated. After one of the two chalkiest first and second rounds ever, the regionals produced the best second weekend of the N.C.A.A. tournament in 20 years and potentially set up two or three more great games. Virginia comes in as the NCAAB Betting favorite against Auburn, let’s take a look while making some predictions.

Virginia vs Auburn 2019 March Madness Odds & Expert Pick

Upstart Tigers

In the first game of the two remaining to determine who will play for the championship, Auburn, a five seed, will take on Virginia, a number one seed. Virginia’s defense has been outstanding all season long and that has carried them to this point in the tournament as well. Auburn, under Bruce Pearl, has looked like quite a complete team. Their only weakness may be that Auburn lives by the 3-pointer. But it also plays stifling defense, and that prevented its dying by the 3 when it shot poorly in its win over Kentucky. That extra gear will come in handy when the Tigers face Virginia’s pack-line defense, which is specifically good at stopping deep shots. Of the teams left in the field, Auburn is the lowest seeded team, but don’t make too much of that. This is the same team that just a few weeks ago, won the Southeastern Conference Title among such powerhouses as Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, and Kentucky, all of whom made the NCAA Tournament. If Auburn is to be this year’s Cinderella, it is a bit of a stretch. The field is tough, the field was selected accurately, it seems, and the competition through the final weekend may be the best we’ve seen in quite some time. I like what Auburn can do, but unfortunately, they drew Virginia. As much as I like Auburn, I love Virginia’s stifling defense, but I am not quite sold on their coaching. A first-round exit last year is still weighing heavily over the program, and the pressure is squarely on Virginia.

Cavaliers Head to Title Game

The Cavs will have to have a better performance in this round if they want to advance. I think they narrowly do that by taking away the threat of the three-pointer. If they can do that, they can win this game. I say they do it and they win the game by a score of 67 – 58. It’s great to see some fundamentally sound, tough, defensive teams in the final four for once. It seems like we haven’t had superior defenders in the league, at least at this point in the tournament, in ages.