Virginia vs William & Mary College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/22/20

Virginia vs William & Mary College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/22/20 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

William & Mary Tribe (2-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (3-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -22 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The William & Mary Tribe and the Virginia Cavaliers meet in college basketball action from John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

The William & Mary Tribe will look to bounce back after a 71-49 loss to High Point last time out. Luke Loewe led the Tribe with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 4 steals and a team-high 3 assists while Yuri Covington added 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other double-digit scorer for William & Mary in the losing effort. Quinn Blair chipped in a team-high 10 rebounds as well for William & Mary in the defeat. Loewe leads the Tribe in scoring and assists with an average of 18.3 points and 4 assists per game while Blair leads William & Mary with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, William & Mary is averaging 71.8 points on 45.1% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 67.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.8 points on 48.1% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season.

The Virginia Cavaliers will look to build on their 3-1 start after a 71-64 win over Kent State in overtime last time out. Sam Hauser and Jay Huff tied for the team-high with 18 points, with Hauser shooting 7 of 14 from the floor with 3 threes along with 7 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists while Huff went 5 of 9 from the field with a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line and a team-high 11 rebounds for the double-double. Kihei Clark added 14 points with a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and 3 assists to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for UVA in the victory. Hauser leads Virginia in scoring with an average of 14.5 points as well as 6.8 rebounds per game while Clark is the Cavaliers’ top assist man with an average of 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Virginia is averaging 74 points on 49.5% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 81.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 57.5 points on 38.2% shooting from the field and 36% from 3-point range this season.

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William & Mary is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Virginia is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record.

I get that this is a ton of points to be laying with a defense-first Cavaliers team, but my problem with William & Mary is that if High Point, a 2-4 High Point team, can hold you to 49 points, imagine what a stout Virginia defense can do? With that being said the Cavaliers don’t score a ton in their own right, and This just feels like game where 22 points is enough to have William & Mary slide in the backdoor at like 71-54 or something like that. Give me William & Mary and the points here.

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Chris’s Pick William & Mary +22

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