Charlottesville Regional Odds & Predictions: How to Bet for Virginia & East Carolina in 2023 NCAA Tournament

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Charlottesville Regional Odds

East Carolina

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Game 1: Virginia (45-12) vs. Army (38-16) · Noon ET Friday · ESPN+
Game 2: East Carolina (45-17) vs. Oklahoma (31-26) · 7 p.m. ET Friday · ESPN2

There are plenty of storylines in Charlottesville, from Virginia getting a Super Regional slot to the history behind Oklahoma and East Carolina.

The Sooners entered last year's Regionals as a 2-seed, first taking down Florida before Super Regional host Virginia Tech.

Oklahoma didn’t stop there, making it all the way to the College World Series Championship Series that ended with a loss to Ole Miss. Southpaw starter Braden Carmichael was a large part of that effort, and now he's back in the Charlottesville Regional.

What a 💎 of a pitching performance last night from Braden Carmichael. (@b_car4).

• 0 runs
• 5 strikeouts
• 4 hits
• 0 walks
• Complete game shutout.

His final pitching performance at Mitchell Park was one of his best. 🫡

— The REF (@KREFsports) May 20, 2023

Is this the year for East Carolina? This will be the 33rd postseason appearance for a Pirates program that has also competed in seven Super Regionals. East Carolina has never made a trip to Omaha, but head coach Cliff Godwin brings another solid squad to the tournament.

No matter if Carter Spivey or Zach Root gets the start for the Pirates, the Sooners project as a -175 favorite in the opening game.

Despite the lack of pop in the sticks, Virginia earned hosting duties with 19 wins in ACC play. A quick exit from the conference tournament allows head coach Brian O’Connor to reset a staff that includes seniors Brian Edgington and Nick Parker. The Cavaliers project closer to -200 in the opener against Army’s Matthew Ronnebaum.

Lamar transfer Braxton Douthit is expected to get a start for the Sooners, possibly Saturday if not Friday. Projections will have Oklahoma as an underdog against Virginia because of Douthit and James Hitt’s numbers in ERA and FIP. At some point, the Cavaliers must go through Carmichael.

East Carolina is going to be the public darling in the futures market to advance, but the number on the Pirates and Virginia is oversold. This is a spot to back a longshot with a roster that's loaded with Omaha experience.

  • Series: Oklahoma +375 or Better
  • Game 1: Virginia-Army Under 14 or Better
  • Game 2: Oklahoma +105

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