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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21-12) at Virginia Cavaliers (28-6)

College Basketball: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers play the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers improved to 21-12, 11-5 Big South after beating Winthrop 76-61 in the Big South championship game last week. On the year, Elijah Wilson is leading the team with 16.1 points per game. Warren Gillis is averaging a second-best 14.8 points per game, while also dishing out a team-high 3.2 assists per contest. El Hadji Ndieguene is averaging 4.4 points per game and team-high 6.9 rebounds for the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina is averaging 72.7 points per game while shooting 43.8% from the field as a team this season. The Chanticleers are a great rebounding team, pulling down 39.6 boards per game this season. Coastal Carolina has won five straight games and eight of their last ten overall. The Chanticleers are 3-0 on a neutral court this season.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14

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The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 28-6, 16-2 ACC after beating Duke 72-63 in the ACC championship game on Sunday. On the season, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Joe Harris is averaging a second-best 11.7 points per game, while Akil Mitchell is averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are shooting 45.3% from the field while averaging 65.8 points per game as a team this season. Virginia is a good rebounding team, averaging 35.5 boards per game. The Cavaliers were on a roll as they had won thirteen straight games, all in conference play, before losing to Maryland to end the regular season. Virginia secured their first outright ACC regular-season championship in 33 years with the win over Syracuse two weeks ago. Virginia went a solid 7-2 on the road in conference play and now 6-1 on neutral courts this season.

Coastal Carolina made a nice run in the conference tournament, but their road will end on Friday night when they face the red hot Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia will make it difficult for Coastal Carolina to score, while the Cavaliers should have no problem putting up points with their balanced attack. Virginia will win comfortably, but I’ll take the points with Coastal Carolina.

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