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Hampton Pirates vs Virginia Cavaliers Predictions

When: 3:10 PM ET, Thursday, March 17, 2016
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, truTV
Line: Virginia -23.5, Total: 133

Hampton Pirates vs Virginia Cavaliers Preview

Hampton (21-10) has a two-headed monster in senior guards Reggie Johnson – who ranked second on the MEAC in scoring (18.3) and tied for third in assists (4.1) – and Quinton Chievous, the league’s fourth-leading scorer (17.0) and top rebounder (11.0). The latter averaged 18.5 points and 11.5 boards in two tournament games a year ago and enters this one having averaged 18.5 points and 10.8 rebounds over his last four games. Virginia (26-7) has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Cavaliers cannot look too far ahead but are facing a potential matchup with No. 2 seed Michigan State – which has knocked off Virginia in each of the last two tournaments – in the regional final.

Score Prediction
Virginia 81 – Hampton 67

Taking the Pirates and the over.