Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Virginia Cavaliers - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (The Arena at NW Florida St)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at the Arena at NW Florida State in Niceville on Friday, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Iowa Hawkeyes will be meeting in college basketball activity.
Virginia comes into this matchup at a clean 4-0 on the young season. The Cavaliers bagged a 76-51 win over UNCG in their opener, then followed that up with a 72-32 rout of St. Francis Brooklyn. The Cavaliers then took games against Yale 62-38 and Grambling State 90-34 this past Tuesday.
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So far this year for Virginia, there are three players averaging in double-digit points. Maria Shayok leads the way for the Cavaliers on 12.5 PPG with 2.3 RPG, Austin Nichols has 11.0 PPG with 3.0 RPG and Kyle Guy has 11.0 PPG with 2.0 RPG and 2.0 APG. Isaiah Wilkins is Virginia’s rebound leader with 5.8 RPG and 5.8 PPG.
Over on the Iowa side, they’re entering play here with a 3-1 record on the year. the Hawkeyes took opening wins over Kennesaw State 91-74 and Savannah State 116-84, but then dropped one to Seton Hall 91-83. Iowa was able to bounce back on Sunday, however, with a 95-67 win over Texas-Pan American.
Leading the way for Iowa in scoring so far is Peter Jok with 24.3 PPG and 5.5 RPG, while Tyler Cook is also averaging in double figures with 14.8 PPG and 4.8 RPG. Brady Ellington is also playing pretty well with 9.3 PPG in four games.
Virginia is 4-0 ATS in their last four Friday games, and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Virginia is also 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games.
As for Iowa, they’re 5-16 ATS in their last 21 neutral-site games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games. Iowa is also 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Atlantic Coast, and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Iowa has been fairly solid against their sub-par competition so far this year, but the fact remains that they’re just 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Considering Virginia’s depth as far as scoring, I think the Cavaliers can cover here and keep the Hawkeyes’ dubious streak going.