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Virginia vs Purdue Expert Predictions

By Taylor Smith
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Saturday features an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight matchup between the South Region's No. 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers (32-3) and the No. 3-seed Purdue Boilermakers (26-9). Purdue just eked out an overtime win over Tennessee while Virginia narrowly topped Oregon in the Sweet 16.

The Cavaliers are 4.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and it's always smart to get the opinion of a few experts before placing a wager. So here's what some from around the industry think of this Elite Eight matchup.

Virginia vs Purdue Predictions


Christopher Feery, of WagerTalkNews, thinks that Virginia is the more talented team, but an upset wouldn't stun him. He's taking Purdue plus the points in this one.

Cappers Picks

Evan Petty, of Cappers Picks, thinks Purdue's Carsen Edwards is the best scorer in this game and that's what will push the Boilermakers over the edge in an upset win over Virginia.


Pete Fiutak, of CollegeFootballNews, also likes Purdue. He thinks the Boilermakers are too careful with the basketball to give the Cavaliers a chance for easy points and is taking Purdue plus the points.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

ESPN's BPI gives the Cavaliers a 75.4-percent chance at the straight-up victory on Saturday.

So we have all three expert spread picks taking Purdue plus the points, with one even taking the Boilermakers to win straight up. ESPN is on the other side of the fence, giving the edge to Virginia.

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Taylor Smith is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username jtsmittyyy. 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.