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How and what to watch for No. 21 Virginia vs. Louisville

We break down everything you need to know for Saturday’s college basketball matchup between No. 21 Virginia and Louisville. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

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Virginia Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser makes a pass during the second half of a game against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers will look to finish their regular season on a strong note, while the Louisville Cardinals could use a big win to confirm themselves to be on the right side of the bubble. The game will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 6 in Lousville.

Virginia (16-6, 12-4 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak earlier this week when they beat the Miami Hurricanes 62-51 at home Monday. The Cavaliers rank No. 15 in the latest KenPom ratings as well as the latest adjusted offensive efficiency numbers. Senior forward Sam Hauser scored a game-high 18 points against Miami, and he leads the team with 15.5 points per game.

Louisville (13-5, 8-4 ACC) is likely to be an NCAA Tournament team no matter what, but a win over Virginia should guarantee the Cardinals a spot. Louisville went nearly 20 days between games in February, and the Cardinals are 2-1 in their return, winning two straight. Louisville ranks No. 45 in KenPom and is led by defense, which is ranked No. 32 in adjusted efficiency. Senior guard Carlik Jones scored 25 points against the Duke Blue Devils last Saturday, and he’s leading the team averaging 17.6 points per game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 21 Virginia vs. Louisville on Saturday, March 6 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will be available via live stream on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Virginia -2
Point Total: 121.5
Money line: Virginia -136, Louisville +112

  • Virginia is 1-3 straight up and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.
  • Virginia is 10-1 straight up in their last 11 games against Louisville.
  • Louisville is 4-2 against the spread in their last six games, and the under hit four times in that span.

The Best Bet

A 121.5 point total seems right in the wheelhouse for a typical Virginia game. However, expect both teams to push past that mark as they try to make respective statements heading into the ACC Tournament.

Pick: Over 121.5

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