CappersInfo is back with its Norfolk State Spartans vs. Virginia Cavaliers picks and predictions, as we look to give you all of the college basketball advice and tips that you need to beat your online sportsbook for this crucial Tuesday night tilt.
First Round NIT Picks: #8 Norfolk State Spartans @ #1 Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00 ET
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Norfolk State vs. Virginia Live TV: ESPNU
First Round NIT Betting Lines
#8 Norfolk State Spartans +16.5
#1 Virginia Cavaliers -16.5
The Cavaliers had themselves a fantastic regular season, but they had a history of punting games like this early in the year, and that’s what ultimately kept them out of the NCAA Tournament. They lost to George Mason and Delaware and *Gasp!* Old Dominion all before Christmas. Now, they get a Norfolk State team that proved to be a miracle working team last season at the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans became just the fifth #15 seed to beat a #2 seed when they beat Missouri in the first round of the dance. We know that there is going to be a ton of defense in this game, and it is going to be a struggle for either team to get all that much going when push comes to shove. Norfolk State has a history of doing alright in games like these, even on the road. The Spartans were beaten by Seton Hall by 13, Illinois by 10, and East Carolina by 11. The only bad loss in the bunch came by 22 to NC State. The difference here is that the Cavaliers really would have to care to win this game by at least 17. Will they? That’s always a huge question to ask this time of year. We take the points and hope that the answer to that question is even remotely, “No,” though even if the answer is “Yes,” we think we have the right side.
Norfolk State vs. Virginia Pick: Norfolk State Spartans +16.5
Free NIT Predictions: Virginia 58 – Norfolk State 49