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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. William & Mary Tribe Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

William & Mary Tribe (6-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Charleston Civic Center)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the William and Mary Tribe face off on Sunday in Charleston in college basketball action.

The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost three of their last four games after having played the 104th ranked schedule in the country. WVU is 2-1 in neutral site games and don’t have a win over a team with a RPI better than 200. Eron Harris leads the Mountaineers averaging 19 points per game. Juwan Staten is averaging 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, Devin Williams is averaging 10.1 points and 7.9 rebounds, and Terry Henderson is averaging 10.3 points. West Virginia is averaging 81 points and they are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. The Big 12 looks to be extremely tough this season and WVU opens their conference schedule on January 4th.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. William & Mary Tribe Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

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The William and Mary Tribe have won five of their last six games but they have had one of the softer schedules in the country. William and Mary has played the 322nd ranked schedule and they are 3-2 away from home this season. Marcus Thornton leads the Tribe averaging 19.3 points per game. Omar Prewitt is averaging 15 points and 5.0 rebounds, Tim Rusthoven is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Terry Tarpley is averaging 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. William and Mary is averaging 75.4 points and they are shooting 47.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.7 points and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. William and Mary opens CAA play on January 8th against Drexel.

West Virginia is 4-1-1 against the spread against the CAA, 8-21-1 against the spread in their last 30 non-conference games, and 1-9 against the spread following a loss. William and Mary is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a winning home record.

West Virginia is a nine point favorite here and while I see them winning the game they haven’t shown me much recently to make me believe they can cover this number. 

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