Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +19.5 -- Over/Under: 131 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers will square off this Wednesday night at Imperial Arena in the 1st round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Middle Tennessee held a 45-25 lead at halftime, however, had to dodge a Buccaneers game-typing three-point attempting as time expired to secure the victory. Middle Tennessee shot 47.2% from the field while holding Charleston Southern to 34.4% from the field & 34.6% from beyond the arc. Middle Tennessee was outrebounded by Charleston Southern by a 43-36 margin and forced 17 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Blue Raiders was Antonio Green who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Middle Tennessee is averaging 85.5 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Middle Tennessee has been led by Antonio Green (22.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Reggie Scurry (13.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 bpg), Donovan Sims (12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.3 spg), and Karl Gamble (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg).
Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 85.5 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Blue Raiders have a rebound margin of 9.0 and a turnover margin of -4.0.
The 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers continued their dominant start to their 2018-19 season as they improved to 3-0 after defeating the Coppin State Eagles, 97-40, this past Friday. This one was pretty much over before it starts as Virginia dominated on both ends of the court and easily cruised to victory after taking a 45-17 halftime lead. Virginia shot 60.3% from the field and 60.0% from beyond the arc while holding Coppin State to just 32.7% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Eagles by a 35-25 margin and won the turnover battle by a 17-4 margin. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was De’Andre Hunter who had 20 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, and 3 steals.
On the season, Virginia is averaging 82.0 ppg on 51.4% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led Ty Jerome (17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.7 spg), De’Andre Hunter (14.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Kyle Guy (11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 apg), and Braxton Key (6.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg).
Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 46.3 ppg on 36.0% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
The Blue Raiders 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall.
Middle Tennessee has been a solid program over the past few years however, it could be a long season for the Blue Raiders as they are in complete rebuild mode as first year head coach Nick McDevitt took over a team that basically lost every significant piece from a team that won 25 games last season. Virginia looks as dangerous as ever as their defense looks as strong as it did last year, and their offense looks solid as Ty Jerome & De’Andre Hunter have been outstanding. Middle Tennessee lost by a 19 points against the only decent team they’ve played this season in Belmont as I think Cavaliers will dominate on both sides of the ball, I’m taking Virginia to cover this large spread.