Virginia Cavaliers vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs - 11/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Carolina State Bulldogs (0-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC RSNs
The South Carolina State Bulldogs travel to John Paul Jones arena to take on the Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday night.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs will try to notch their first win of the season as they’ve dropped their first two games to Washington and San Francisco by a combined score of 168-111. The Bulldogs are projected to finish near the bottom of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and based on their rough start, it looks like this could be the fifth consecutive year in which they won’t reach higher than 10 wins. For the Bulldogs to turn it around this year, they will need to rely on Karon Wright (13.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) and Darryl Palmer (6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) to lead the way.South Carolina State to will need to pick it up on both sides of the ball as through their first two games, they are shooting a dismal 31.1 % from the field while allowing 84.0 ppg on 52.3%.
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The Virginia Cavaliers come into this match-up ranked 9th in the country, opening their season with two convincing wins against James Madison and Norfolk State. Tony Bennett has put together a great program at Virginia and although Bennett has lost sharp-shooter Joe Harris and his defensive leader in Akil Mitchell, they still projected to be not only one of the best teams in the AAC, but also in the nation. Leading the way for the Cavilers is Pre-Season Wooden Award Watch guard, Malcolm Brogdon who is averaging 10 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists so far this young season. Brogdon supporting cast of Justin Anderson (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Anthony Gill (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg) will be counted on heavily on the offensive side of the ball. Virginia was the best in the country in scoring defensive last year holding opponents to just 55.7 ppg and if Virginia is going to make noise come March, Coach Bennett will have to hope he can get the same defensive production from his squad this year.
The Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss. The Cavaliers are 12-3-1 in their last 16 home games while going 19-6-2 in their last 27 games overall.
Going into John Paul Jones stadium to face the Cavaliers probably isn’t what the doctor ordered for the Bulldogs. The question is certainly not if Virginia is going to win but by how much they are going to win by. As of right now, there isn’t a spread out for this game. When/if one does come out, I imagine it will be pretty high. I’m more interested in seeing what the O/U looks like as if the number is reasonable, I think the under could be a nice play here.