Texas Southern vs Virginia Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/16/23

Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs Texas Southern Tigers (0-2)

Game Info: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -21.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Southern Tigers will play the Virginia Cavaliers in a non-conference game on Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. Texas Southern has lost two games in a row to start the season, while Virginia has won three straight. 

Texas Southern Preview

The Texas Southern Tigers are 0-2 this year after they lost to Arizona State by a score of 63-52 in their last game. Texas Southern only scored 20 points in the first half and couldn’t claw back into the game in the second half. The Tigers shot 32.4% from the field and out rebounded ASU by a total of 49-44 in the loss. Texas Southern lost to New Mexico by a score of 92-55 in their first game of the season. The Tigers are scoring 53.5 points per game with 43 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game, while giving up 77.5 points against per game this year. PJ Henry is averaging 9.5 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Texas Southern is shooting 30.9% from the field, 50% on free throws, and 18.9% on three pointers this season.

Virginia Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers are 3-0 this season after they defeated NC A&T by a score of 80-51 in their last game. Virginia led 49-19 at halftime and they coasted to the win in the second half. The Cavaliers shot 54.4% from the field and out rebounded them by a total of 42-24 in the game. Virginia has also defeated Florida and Tarleton State this season. The Cavaliers are scoring 77.7 points per game with 37.3 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game, while allowing 57 points against per game this year. Reece Beekman is averaging 11.3 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 6.3 assists per game. UVA is shooting 49.4% from the field, 63.3% on free throws, and 43.4% on three pointers this year. 


Texas Southern has been terrible on offense to start this season, as they have only scored 55 and 52 points in their first two games. The Tigers were able to keep it close with Arizona State, but they are going to get blown out if they can’t be more efficient on offense. Texas Southern is shooting 30.9% from the field, which is one of the worst percentages in the country, and they are facing a very good Virginia defense. The Cavaliers have scored 80, 73, and 80 points in their first three games and I think they are going to roll again here. Take Virginia to win big. 

David’s Pick Virginia -21.5

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