Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cavaliers vs. Cougars CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(1-1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. Houston Cougars (2-0)
Date: Tuesday November 11th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas
CBB Moneyline Odds: Cavs +260 | Cougars -350
CBB Betting ATS Odds: UVA +8.5 | Houston -8.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 150.5
The Houston Cougars and the Virginia Cavaliers will begin their two year home-and-home series Tuesday night.
HISTORY: Virginia and Houston have only met six times over the year, with both schools taking three meetings.
Houston is favored by nine points at home here.
UVA got a rude awakeneing from Navy in the opener, but they responded by defeating I-81 rival Radford at home. The Wahoos took a 20-point lead into halftime, and didn’t look back, dispatching the Highlanders 73-52, covering their first spread of the season.
The Cavs have been powered by transfer portal signees Jayden Gardner and Armaan Franklin. Gardner has transferred in from ECU and has asserted himself as a force down low, leading the team with 18 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
Franklin, an Indiana transfer, paced the team with 21 points on 7-12 shooting against Radford. He’s joined by veteran point guard Kihei Clark, who’s averaging 9.5 ppg and 3.5 apg.
Sophomores Reece Beekman and Kadin Shedrick join them in the starting lineup, with the former leading the team in assists (4.5)
Houston avoided a scare from Hofstra in the opener, and responded with an abrupt victory over neighboring rival Rice. The Cougars held the Owls to 15 points in the half, and cruised to a 79-46 victory, covering the generous 13.5 margin.
Kelvin Sampson’s team lost a lot of pieces from last year’s Final Four run. Junior guard Marcus Sasser is their returning leading scorer and he’s exploded for 25 points in the first two games.
Kyler Edwards came over from in-state Texas Tech, and he’s brought a veteran, floor generating presence into the offense. The senior guard is averaging career-best of 14 ppg and 8.5 apg, as he’s had his string on the ball through the first pair of games.
Taze Moore also transferred in from another from another hard-nosed basketball program, CSUB, and he’s been a menace defensively. Senior big Fabian White returns to anchor the middle after a big postseason run.
CBB Betting Trends:
- UVA is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- HOU is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games.
- Under is 6-2 in Cougars last 8 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game..
- Under is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 home games.
Free Virginia Cavaliers vs. Houston Cougars NCAAB Prediction:
An early week cross-country trip for your first test is never ideal. Traveling and taking on one of the most respected teams in the nation defensively makes things even tougher here for the Cavaliers
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Houston –
Houston lost a lot of pieces, but UVA also loss the bulk of their roster. Three starters moved on, and it showed in the sluggish opener with Navy. Virginia looked much better against Radford, but Tony Bennett’s methodical offense may find it tough to score here on the road against a Houston team that plays the same exact way. The Cougars should win what should be a slow-paced battle of titans, and the under is certainly in play.
Take Houston’s game spread, and take a long look at the under, as both teams have a history of low-scoring bouts.
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