This is a potential March Madness upset alert.
The Hoos are no strangers to losing in the first round as they lost to 13-seeded Ohio in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. In 2018, Virginia had the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and became the first ever 1-seed to lose to a 16-seed when they fell to UMBC.
The Paladins are returning to the big dance for the first time since 1980 when they were a 10-seed and lost to a 7-seeded Tennessee team. Their only NCAA Tournament win came against South Carolina in 1974.
Read on for my Virginia vs Furman prediction and best bets.
Virginia vs Furman Odds
Note: CBB odds mentioned in this article for Virginia vs Furman were used from DraftKings Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted, and are current as of Monday, March, 13 at 6 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline: Virginia (-230 | Furman (+195)
- Spread: Virginia -5.5 (-110) | Furman +5.5 (-110)
- Total: Over 132 (-115) | Under 132 (-105)
Virginia vs Furman Best Bet
Keep reading for more Virginia vs Furman betting tips.
Virginia vs Furman Prediction
Furman 69, Virginia 64
This is a horrible matchup for Virginia as Furman sports one of the best offenses in the nation, averaging 80.4 points per game.
They are led by senior guard Mike Bothwell who averages 18 points per game and most importantly shoots 83% from the free throw line. His experience and ability to ice the game late from the charity stripe give Furman the advantage.
Virginia plays at the fourth-slowest pace in the nation and will struggle to keep up offensively against this Furman team. Virginia only scored more than 80 points twice this season and it was during non-conference play at the beginning of the season.
If Virginia is to win this game, senior guard Armaan Franklin will have to have a big game similar to his performance against Baylor earlier in the year.
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Virginia vs Furman Best Bets
Furman +5.5 (-110) | DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
This will be a close game, and even if Furman is unable to pull off the upset, they will keep it close until the final whistle. There are a lot of senior starters on both sides of the ball in this contest who will have the experience and confidence to close the game out.
(Furman is one of Adam Kramer’s top March Madness Cinderellas, too.)
Furman Over 63.5 Points (-120) | DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Under head coach Tony Bennett, Virginia’s identity has always been their defense, but when they faced elite offenses this season, they weren’t able to limit the scoring. Baylor scored 79 against the Hoos earlier in the season, and Miami scored 66 in conference play.
Back the Paladins to eclipse the 63.5 point total with ease in this game.
Virginia vs Furman Same Game Parlay
Virginia vs Furman SGP (+130) | DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
- Furman Over 59.5 (-240)
- Furman +7.5 (-170)
- Virginia Over 60.5 (-550)
I am very bullish on the Furman offense in this contest, and bringing their team total down to 59.5 in a parlay is a good way to go.
If Virginia is going to compete in this contest then they will have to score and play a little bit more uptempo, which is why I like the over 60.5 team total for the Hoos in the parlay as well.