West Virginia vs. Virginia - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (8-0) at West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 18th ranked Virginia Cavaliers will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the 19th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 18th ranked Virginia Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season, improving to 8-0 on the year, after defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 75-54, this past Saturday. Virginia took control of this one early after a 10-0 run gave the Cavaliers a 22-11 lead and easily secured the victory after leading by double-digits throughout the 2nd half. Virginia shot 51.7% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-6 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Kyle Guy who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, Virginia is averaging 70.5 ppg on 49.2% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (16.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Devon Hall (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), Isaiah Wilkins (8.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Ty Jerome (7.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 50.6 ppg on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 3.8 and turnover of 5.1.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers won their 7th straight game, improving to 7-1 on the season after defeating the NJIT Highlanders, 102-69, this past Thursday. West Virginia had no trouble pulling away from NJTI after a 18-8 run to end the 1st half gave the Mountaineers a comfortable, 49-33, lead at halftime. West Virginia shot 49.3% from the field, 41.2% (14-34) from beyond the arc, and won the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Jevon Carter who had 25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 89.6 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from the field. Offensviely, West Virginia has been led by Jevon Carter (19.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.5 apg, 4.5 spg), Daxter Miles Jr. (14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), James Bolden (11.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg), and Lamont West (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 66.6 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 10.8.
The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. ACC opponents and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games.
West Virginia is the best team in the country when it comes to forcing turnovers and can put plenty of points up on the board as the Mountaineers rank 16th in scoring offense, however, Virginia has the top ranked scoring defense in the country and is always one of the more well-balanced teams in the country. West Virginia is a tough place to play, however, I’ve rolled with Virginia all season and as I think they’ll limit their turnovers, I’m rolling with the Cavaliers and the points in this one.