Richmond vs. West Virginia - 11/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0) at Richmond Spiders (3-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Richmond Spiders +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Richmond Spiders and the West Virginia Mountaineers will battle in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Richmond Spiders won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 3-1 (0-0 A-10) after defeating the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 89-64, this past Saturday. Richmond stormed out of the gates in this one scoring the first 10 points of the game and basically held at least a double-digit lead throughout the entire game. Richmond shot 50.0% from the field in the victory and dished out 21 assists. The Spiders held the Wildcats to 18.2% (4-22) shooting from beyond the arc and outrebounded Bethune-Cookman by a 48-29 margin. Leading the way for Richmond was Terry Allen who had a double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Terry Allen (19.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.3 spg), T.J. Cline (18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 apg), and ShawnDre’ Jones (15.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Richmond is averaging 90.8 ppg on 52.2% shooting while averaging 20.5 assists per game. Defensively, the Spiders are allowing their opponents to average 79.5 ppg on 47.9% shooting. Richmond has a turnover margin of 4.8 but can struggled on the boards as even though they had a +19 rebound margin against Bethune-Cookman, their rebound margin on the season is at -0.3.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers also had little trouble with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats as they improved to 4-0 (0-0) after a 97-44 victory over the Wildcats this past Monday. West Virginia outscored Bethune-Cookman by a 45-22 margin in the 1st half and keep the pressure on in the 2nd outscoring the Wildcats by a 52-22 margin. West Virginia shot 52.2% from the field, while forcing Bethune-Cookman to shot just 25.0%. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Wildcats by a 50-28 margin and forced Bethune-Cookman into committing 30 turnovers. Leading the way for West Virginia was Devin Williams who had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Devin Williams (18.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.3 apg), Jevon Carter (14.5 ppg, 3.8 apg), and Daxter Miles Jr. (14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 98.3 ppg on 50.4% shooting. The Mountaineers haven’t shot the ball great from beyond the arc on the season as they are shooting just 29.1% from three-point range. Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponent to an average of 60.0 ppg on 34.9% shooting. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 18.8 and average 13.5 steals per game.
The Spiders are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. win however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. The Mountaineers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Richmond Spiders no longer have their leader in Kendall Anthony and although they stumbled out of the gates losing to James Madison at home in their season opener, they have seemed to found their stride with Terry Allen leading the way. West Virginia hasn’t played much in competition but has been absolutely dominant so far this season as they are once against using their full-court pressure defense to give teams trouble. Richmond has some decent guards that should help them with West Virginia’s pressure defense, however, West Virginia has the size advantage in this one and looking at the matchups of how these teams both played against James Madison and Bethune-Cookman, West Virginia seems that they shouldn’t have any issue covering this spread. Take West Virginia to cover.