Virginia Cavaliers vs. Davidson Wildcats - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Davidson Wildcats (9-1) at Virginia Cavaliers (11-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Davidson Wildcats travel to John Paul Jones Arena to face off against the Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday night.
The Davidson Wildcats improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating the College of Charleston Cougars 80-68 just over a week ago on December 20th. The Wildcats outrebounded the Cougars 45-34 and shot 44.9% from the field. Leading the way for Davidson was Jack Gibbs who had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Wildcats are ranked 65th in the RPI Standings and has played the 300th ranked SOS. On the season, Davidson has been led by Tyler Kalinoski (16.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Jack Gibbs (15.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg), and Peyton Aldridge (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg). The Wildcats average 87.7 ppg (ranked 1st) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 34th). Davidson averages 11.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 11th). The Wildcats shoot 75.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 17th) and distribute the ball well as they average 18.3 assists per game (ranked 6th). Defensively, Davidson is allowing 69.5 ppg (ranked 250th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 204th). The Wildcats average 29.3 defensive rpg (ranked 5th) and 41.8 total rpg (ranked 9th).
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The Virginia Cavaliers remain perfect on the season as they improved to 11-0 after defeating the Harvard Crimson 76-27 on December 21st. The Cavaliers held the Crimson to 1 field goal in the first half and just 16.0% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for Virginia was Mike Tobey who had 15 points (6-7 FGM-A) and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers are ranked 4th in the RPI Standings and has played the 31st ranked SOS. Leading the way for Virginia has been Justin Anderson (15.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Malcolm Brogdon (13.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg), and Anthony Gill (12.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg). The Cavilers are averaging 69.5 ppg (ranked 155th) on 49.8% shooting (ranked 15th). Virginia currently makes an average of 5.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 276th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 35th). Defensively, the Cavaliers are holding their opponents to 46.0 ppg (ranked 1st) on 31.0% shooting (ranked 2nd). Virginia only averages 14.6 fouls per game (ranked 14th). The Cavaliers are averaging 29.0 defensive rpg (ranked 7th) and 39.91 total rpg (ranked 34th).
The Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Cavaliers are 21-4-2 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 24-7-2 ATS in their last 33 games overall.
The number 1 offense vs. the number 1 defense – what more could you ask for on a Tuesday night? Davidson is a great offensive team that can really pour it in beyond the arc, however I think this will just give the Cavaliers more motivation to show why they are arguably the best defensive team in the country. Virginia has been as impressive as any team in the country and although Davidson can score, they really have played many quality teams so far this season. I’m going to take the Cavaliers to cover this large spread.