Ryan Knuppel  |  Mon 1st Apr   | NCAAB

NCAA Tournament Final Four Betting Preview:

Auburn Tigers (5)
vs.
Virginia Cavaliers (1)

The Virginia Cavaliers are the lone number 1 seed remaining as we head to Minneapolis and the 2019 Final Four. Virginia will take on fifth-seeded Auburn in the first game of the night, and these two teams couldn’t be any more different. Auburn will try to shoot their way to the National Championship Game, while Virginia will try to win with defense.

Auburn comes into this game having won 12 straight contests and will have a ton of momentum. Virginia has lost just three times all season, and two of those losses came at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils.

The Virginia Cavaliers are -4.5 point favorites over the Auburn Tigers in this game.

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auburn teamAuburn Tigers Team Preview

Auburn set an SEC record this season for three-pointers made, and they have been making them all NCAA Tournament long as well. The Tigers shoot 38 percent from the three-point line and have a pair of stud guards that lead them. Bryce Brown and Jared Harper have combined for 31 points per game this season, and are both deadly shooters.

Forward Chuma Okeke went down with a knee injury in the regional semifinal win over North Carolina, but the Tigers played well without him. Okeke was averaging 12.0 points per game this season, but Auburn still has plenty of depth. If Auburn continues to make three-point shots like they have been, then they will be hard to beat.

virginia cavaliersVirginia Cavaliers Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers are the best defensive team in the country this season, allowing just over 55 points per game. Virginia did have a ton of trouble limiting Purdue from the three-point line, and this could hurt them against Purdue. The Cavaliers have shut down explosive offenses before, but this will be a challenge.

Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, and Ty Jerome do almost all of the scoring for the Cavaliers, and they can all shoot from deep as well. This is an experienced Virginia team, and these three players have combined for more than 44 points per game this season. Everyone knows how well the Cavaliers can defend, but they know how to put the ball through the hoop as well.

Auburn vs. Virginia Betting Pick

auburn tigers vs virginia cavaliers

No one has been able to slow down the Auburn Tigers of late, but they’ve yet to face a defense like Virginia. The Cavaliers will be extremely patient on offense and will get their defense set up and try to stop the Tigers. It’s hard to imagine that Auburn can continue to make shots at this pace, but they aren’t going to stop shooting them.

A 4.5 point spread just feels like too much for a Virginia team that is routinely playing close games. The Cavaliers will slow Auburn down, but they aren’t going to be able to stop them completely. Look for Auburn to keep this game close right down to the wire, and maybe even pull off this victory.

Take the 4.5 points and bet the Auburn Tigers in this game against the Virginia Cavaliers.

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Ryan Knuppel