The Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) will be at home in John Paul Jones Arena when they clash with the Austin Peay Governors (0-1). The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 131 points with Virginia opening as a 29.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 13, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Austin Peay Governors vs. Virginia Cavaliers Betting Preview
The Governors were blown out by the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last game, 73-54. With 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting, Terry Taylor was the top scorer from either team. Vanderbilts 0.207 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Austin Peay, who had a rate of 0.130.
In the Cavaliers last matchup, they beat the UNCG Spartans, 60-48. With 16 points on 3-for-8 shooting, Kyle Guy was the games leading scorer. Virginia dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.476 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.476. UNCG had marks of 0.275 and 0.333, respectively, for those same stats.
Virginia figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Cavaliers rank 99th in offensive efficiency, while the Governors rank 348th in defensive efficiency dating back to last season. Furthermore, second chance points figure to be tough to come by for the Governors. They rank 320th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 24.5 percent, while the Cavaliers have been 29th-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 74.9 percent).
Although the Governors have struggled winning games straight up since last season (11-20), they have had a solid record against the spread (17-11). Vegas has been extremely precise when predicting totals of Austin Peay games since last year, with an even split between overs and unders.
On the other hand, the Cavaliers, have records of 23-10 SU and 18-15 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to place the total high when Virginia has been involved over that same time frame as 63.6 percent of their games have finished under the projected point total.
Austin Peay Governors vs. Virginia Cavaliers Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Virginia, ATS Winner – Austin Peay, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cavaliers rank 74th in blocks per game (4.1) while the Governors rank 234th (2.4).
- Virginia ranks 26th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Austin Peay ranks 80th (5.6).
- Virginia ranks fifth in assists allowed per game (9.8) while Austin Peay ranks 286th (15.8).
- The Cavaliers rank ninth in rebounds allowed per game (30.2) while the Governors rank 261st (37.5).
- Virginia ranks 81st in three pointers allowed per game (19.6) while Austin Peay ranks 277th (23.8).