Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13
Virginia Cavaliers (7-2) at Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm (Resch Center)
The Line: Wisc-Green Bay Phoenix +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Green Bay to play the Phoenix on Saturday evening.
Virginia dropped to 7-2 on the year after losing at home to Wisconsin 48-38 on Wednesday night. The game was a rematch from last year, when Virginia won 60-54 in Madison, Wisconsin behind 22 points from senior G Joe Harris. Harris only had 2 points this time around as Virginia struggled offensively as a team. The Cavaliers shot a miserable 23.4% from the field and 9% from three-point range against a solid Wisconsin defense. However, the Cavaliers played their usual hard nose defense, holding Wisconsin to 28.8% from the field and 21.7% from three point range. On the year, Harris leads the Cavaliers with 11.2 points per game, while sophomore G Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 10.1 points per game and a team-high 5.1 rebounds. Virginia has been inconsistent offensively so far this year, but their defense continues to challenge opponents every time out. This will be the first true road game of the season for Virginia.
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The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 4-2 on the year after beating Tulsa 67-59 last week. Green-Bay shot 37.3% from the field and only 28.6% from three-point range, while knocking down 19 of 24 of their free throw attempts (79.2%). Junior G Keifer Sykes led the team with 25 points and 9 assists in the win. Sophomore F Jordan Fouse had a team-high 11 rebounds and junior F Greg Mays added 12 points for the Phoenix. On the year, Green Bay is a good rebounding team, but they have struggle offensively against good teams such as Wisconsin and Harvard, their only two losses. Sykes leads the team with 22.8 points and 4.2 assists per game, while Fouse has a team-high 9 rebounds per contest. This will be the third home game for the Phoenix; Green Bay is 2-0 at the Resch Center so far this season.
Virginia and Green Bay have played the past two years in Green Bay, with the Cavaliers coming away with the victories in both matchups. Virginia won by 26 two years ago and 16 last year. Green Bay played Wisconsin tough earlier this year, while Virginia just lost to the Badgers a few days ago. Virginia’s defense will make things tough for the Phoenix on the offensive end of the floor. Meanwhile, Harris and the Cavaliers should bounce back from an awful offensive performance in their last game. I think Virginia wins and covers on the road in this one.