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Virginia vs. Cleveland State - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (5-5) at Virginia Cavaliers (9-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Virginia Cavaliers and he Cleveland State Vikings face off on Thursday a John Paul Jones Arena in college basketball action.

The Virginia Cavaliers are off to a 9-0 start to the season and they are ranked fifth in the nation. UVA is averaging 68.7 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 47.4 points and their opponents shoot a paltry 32.4 percent. Justin Anderson leads the Cavs averaging 15.8 points per game. Anthony Gill is averaging 13 points and 6.6 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 12.6 ponts, and Mike Tobey is averaging 8.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. Virginia starts their ACC schedule on January 3rd against Miami.

Virginia vs. Cleveland State - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings are 4-5 this season but they have won two of their last three games. Cleveland State is averaging 63 points and they are shooting 39.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Trey Lewis leads the Vikings averaging 17.8 points per game. Anton Grady is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, Marlin Mason is averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Andre Yates is averaging 7.1 points. Cleveland State is 1-4 on the road and hasn’t defeated a team with a RPI better than 200.

Virginia is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 home games, and 19-6-2 against the spread following a win. Cleveland State is 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 road games, 22-10-1 against the spread in their last 33 games, and 0-4 against the spread following a win.

This on could get ugly as the Virginia defense should smother Cleveland State and while the number looks big, it isn’t too big for this game. 

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Virginia Cavaliers -18.5

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