Rutgers vs. Virginia - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (6-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Barclays Center)
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The Virginia Cavaliers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights play Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
The Virginia Cavaliers remain unbeaten and continue to play elite defense. On the season, Virginia is averaging 70.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 46.5 points on 31.4 percent shooting. Justin Anderson leads Virginia with 15.3 points on 55.2 percent shooting and Anthony Gill is averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon is the third Virginia player to average double-digit points and London Perrantes is averaging 2.4 assists. The Virginia Cavaliers offense is shooting a cool 39.5 percent from beyond the arc but its the defense that makes this team so special. Virginia is second in the country in points allowed per game and is averaging nearly seven blocks. Once again, the Virginia Cavaliers are going to be tough to beat against anybody.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four games and need a statement win. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 61.6 points on 39.3 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Myles Mack leads Rutgers with 16.4 points and 5.2 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game and Mike Williams is coming off an 11-point performance. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights offense isn’t consistent enough to hang with the top teams in the Big Ten but the defense should help keep the Scarlet Knights competitive. Rutgers is forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and producing 5.2 blocks, which is almost two more than the national average.
The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
The Virginia Cavaliers are too much to handle, especially for a Rutgers team that already struggles to score. Give me the Cavs by double digits.