Virginia vs. Harvard - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (7-1) at Virginia Cavaliers (10-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson and Virginia Cavaliers square off Sunday afternoon at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Harvard Crimson have won six straight games and play their second true road game. On the season, Harvard is averaging 68.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 56.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Wesley Saunders is averaging 20.1 points and 4.5 assists while Steve Moundou-Missi is averaging nine points and 7.5 rebounds. Siyani Chambers is dishing out 5.6 assists per game and Corbin Miller is shooting 36.2 percent from the field. The Harvard Crimson are one of the more balanced offensive teams that relies on its defense that’s forcing 11.7 turnovers per game and holding teams to 33.3 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Harvard is shooting 77 percent from the free throw line and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are one of just three ACC teams that’s still undefeated. On the season, Virginia is averaging 68.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and is allowing 48.1 points on 32.9 percent shooting. Justin Anderson is averaging 15.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while Anthony Gill is averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds. Mike Tobey is grabbing 6.7 rebounds per per game and London Perrantes is dishing out 4.1 assists. The Virginia Cavaliers are also a defensive minded team first, allowing no more than 65 points this season and allowing just 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia is shooting 73 percent from the free throw line and 37.9 percent from downtown. Virginia hasn’t lost a true home game since December 4th of last season against Wisconsin.
The Crimson are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Cavaliers are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 23-7-2 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
Harvard is a team that can hang with Virginia but the Cavs have won nine of their 10 games this season by double digits. Meanwhile, Harvard has struggled against lower comp this season, including a loss to Holy Cross and a double-overtime game against Vermont. Virginia sould pull away in the second half and cover the number.