The Second Round of the NCAA Tournament matchup between the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (30-3) and the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (20-13) will be played at Colonial Life Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 128 points with Virginia opening as an 11-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Virginia Cavaliers Free Preview
In the First Round, the Sooners won big over the No. 8 Ole Miss Rebels, 95-72. With 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Kristian Doolittle put together a good game for Oklahoma. Oklahoma played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.356 (above their season average of 0.217) and a turnover percentage of 5.4 (better than their season average of 15.5). For those same stats, Ole Miss recorded marks of 0.048 and 14.7, respectively.
The Cavaliers hope to keep it rolling after beating the No. 16 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in the First Round, 71-56. Virginia rallied around De’Andre Hunter, who was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Virginia dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.148 (below their season average of 0.226) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 (above their season average of 30.0). Gardner-Webb had marks of 0.060 and 17.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Of Oklahoma’s 33 games, 18 have finished under the projected point total, while 17 of Virginia’s 33 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Cavaliers have a sizable advantage. They are 30-3 SU and 23-10 ATS, while the Sooners are 20-13 SU and 20-10-3 ATS.
This matchup pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defensesVirginia ranks 19th in effective field goal percentage (0.558), while Oklahoma is 38th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.473).
Oklahoma vs. Virginia ATS Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Virginia, ATS Winner – Oklahoma, O/U – Under
The Cavaliers rank first in assists allowed per game (8.8) while the Sooners rank 120th (12.5).
Virginia averages 3.8 blocks per game, which ranks 93rd in the nation. Oklahoma ranks 167th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Virginia ranks sixth in rebounds allowed per game (29.5) while Oklahoma ranks 243rd (36.9).
The Cavaliers rank 116th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while the Sooners rank 275th (25.5).
Virginia ranks 33rd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while Oklahoma ranks 175th (6.6).
The Cavaliers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.2, down from 16.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Sooners have scored an average of 78.4 points per game (6.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (3.7 above their season average).