Georgia at Virginia: 11/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) vs Georgia Bulldogs (2-2)
Game Info: Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Virginia Cavaliers & Georgia Bulldogs will square off at the Prudential Center this Monday night in the Semifinals of the Roman Legends Classic.
The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Coppin State Eagles, 68-52, this past Friday night. Virginia was solid on the defensive end against Coppin State and had no trouble securing the victory after a 10-0 Cavaliers run gave Virginia a 59-38 lead with 5:58 left in regulation. Virginia shot 41.8% from the field & 27.8% from beyond the arc while holding Coppin State to just 30.8% shooting from the field & 26.5% from beyond the arc. Virginia outrebounded Coppin State by a 42-32 margin and forced 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Jayden Gardner who had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.
On the season, Virginia is averaging 61.5 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Jayden Gardner (13.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Armaan Franklin (11.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Kihei Clark (9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), & Reece Beekman 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.3 spg).
Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 59.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Georgia Bulldogs dropped to 2-2 on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 88-78, this past Friday. Georgia had no answers on the defensive end for Georgia Tech and could not fight back after the Yellow Jackets took an 81-74 lead with 1:24 left in regulation. Georgia shot 50.9% from the field & 47.1% from beyond the arc, however, allowed Georgia Tech to shoot 60.7% from the field & 53.3% from beyond the arc. Georgia won the turnover battle by a 15-14 margin, however, was outrebounded by Georgia Tech by a 35-26 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Aaron Cook who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, & 6 assists.
On the season, Georgia is averaging 70.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.0. Offensively, Georgia has been led by Aaron Cook (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Braelen Bridges (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Jailyn Ingram (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg), & Kario Oquendo (8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Georgia is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. The Cavaliers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games & 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Georgia had a bunch of turnover in this past offseason, losing basically all their scoring from last year’s team, however, the Bulldogs offense has been decent, and you must be encouraged with competitive games at Cincinnati and vs. Georgia Tech. Virginia came into this season as a borderline top-25 team, however, this is just not that great of a team this season in my opinion as the Cavaliers, despite still being solid defensively, look as bad on the offensive end as they have in years. Virginia was only able to put up 68 points against a Coppin State team that allowed Loyola (CHI) & DePaul to combine for 200 points against them and as I think the Georgia offense can keep this one competitive, I think the play here is to take the Bulldogs and the points.