Virginia vs. Tennessee State - 11/25/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee State Tigers (2-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -31 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers and the Tennessee State Tigers face off in Brooklyn in the Barclays Center Classic college basketball tournament.
The Virginia Cavaliers are ranked ninth in the nation and are off to a 4-0 start to the season. UVa has smashed the competition with their toughest test being a 17-point win over George Washington. Virginia is averaging 70 points per game and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor including 41.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 46.8 points and their opponents shoot 30.1 percent. Justin Anderson leads Virginia averaging 16 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 13 points, Anthony Gill is averaging 10.8 points, and Darion Atkins is averaging 8.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. Virginia looks to deep this season and they are going to be tough no matter who they face.
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The Tennessee State Tigers are 202 this season but the wins have come against soft competition and the losses have been one sided to D-1 competition. Tennessee State is averaging 56.5 points per game and they are shooting 36.8 percent form the floor while allowing 81 points per game and their opponents shooting 53.7 percent. Jay Harris is averaging 13.5 points, Xavier Richards is averaging 11 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Darreon Reddick is averaging 10 points and 5.0 rebounds. Tennessee State just looks to be overmatched here and it is really just a mater of by how much.
Virginia is 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 19-5-2 against the spread in their last 26 games, and 11-4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Tennessee State is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 road games, and 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games.
This is a ton of points but a brutal mismatch so even if Virginia calls off the dogs early they should still cover the spread.