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Virginia vs Baylor Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 18 (Expect a Cavaliers-Bears Shootout in Vegas)

Devon Platana
Virginia vs. Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Virginia vs. Baylor prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Mike Kropf
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Virginia vs Baylor Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers (2-0) vs. No. 5 Baylor Bears (3-0)
Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Nov. 18 with another slate of games, including a first-round Continental Tire Main Event matchup between the No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers and No. 5 Baylor Bears.

Virginia improved to 2-0 on the season with an 89-42 win over Monmouth last Friday and has been resting since then. On the other hand, Baylor is also undefeated this fall, picking up a 95-62 win against Northern Colorado on Monday.

Can Virginia win to advance to the Continental Tire Main Event finals? Or will Baylor cement its status as a top-five school with a Friday night victory?

Virginia vs Baylor Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: UVA: (+164) | BAY: (-200)
Spread: UVA: +4.5 (-110) | BAY: -4.5 (-110)
Total: 130.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Baylor enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 130.5 points, which is among the lowest of Friday's projected totals.

Virginia vs Baylor Prediction & Pick

Fans are in for a treat whenever two top-25 schools collide and that should be the case tonight. While Virginia has been impressive this season, Baylor is on another level at the moment. The Bears currently own the second-best offense in the nation, averaging 99.7 PPG.

Not only have the point totals been impressive, but Baylor has also been accurate, shooting 51.3% from the floor (No. 28) and 37.9% from three-point range (No. 73). Furthermore, the Bears have also averaged more rebounds, assists and steals than the Cavaliers, proving just how much of an uphill battle Virginia has tonight.

While I expect a competitive affair, Baylor should be victorious at the end of the night.

Final Score Prediction: Baylor 81 | Virginia: 76

Virginia vs Baylor Betting Trends

- Virginia is 4-1 straight up in its last five games.
- Baylor is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Virginia's last eight games against the Big 12.
- The total has hit the over in each of Baylor's last five games against the ACC.

Virginia vs Baylor Best Bet

Even though both sides have solid defenses, a 130.5-point total is too conservative for my liking. Virginia and Baylor are averaging a combined 180.7PPG this season and have surpassed tonight's projected total in every game thus far. With the total also going over in each of Baylor's last five games against ACC opponents, I'm backing the over tonight.

Bet: Over 130.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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