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College Basketball Picks: Virginia vs Houston Vegas Odds

  • Will Virginia still be ranked, after starting 1-1
  • Houston starts 2-0 despite opening game going to overtime
  • Only top 25 matchup before teh weekend

The Virginia Cavaliers started off shaky, dropping the opening game of their season against the Navy Midshipmen before they defeated Radford for their first win of the season. The Houston Cougars had a scare early this season, as it took them going to overtime to defeat Hofstra in the opening game of the season before they completely blew out Rice to show the nation who the Cougars really are.

Virginia Cavaliers vs Houston Cougars Schedule

  • Where: Feritta Center, Houston, TX
  • When: Tuesday, November 16, 8:00 PM EST
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Virginia vs Houston Vegas Odds

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Who Are The Virginia Cavaliers?

Even though it is early in the season and all teams are trying to truly find their identity, the Virginia Cavaliers are desperately trying to find their identity, especially after losing their opening game of the season. The Cavaliers are only averaging 65.5 points per game, early in the season while giving up 59 points per game. The Cavaliers are shooting 41.8% from the field, 78.3% from the free-throw line, and 37.1% from beyond the three-point arch so far in this young season.

Nov 12, 2021; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Kadin Shedrick (21) shoots the ball over Radford Highlanders forward Shaquan Jules (13) during the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2021; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Kadin Shedrick (21) shoots the ball over Radford Highlanders forward Shaquan Jules (13) during the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers have two players who are averaging double-digit points so far this season. Jayden Gardner, the senior forward is averaging 18 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. Armaan Franklin, the junior guard is the other player averaging double-digit points. Franklin is averaging 14 points per game in this young season.

Houston Looks to Stay Strong

Again, it’s early in the season, and the competition isn’t necessarily the highest quality yet, but the Houston Cougars are doing what they are supposed to be doing against these opponents. The Cougars are averaging 81 points per game while giving up just 60.5 points per game. The Cougars, as a team is shooing 43.8% from the field, an abysmal 65.1% from the free-throw line, and 37% from the three-point arch so far this season.

Nov 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (11) shoots the ball during the second half against the Rice Owls at Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (11) shoots the ball during the second half against the Rice Owls at Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cougars, just like the Cavaliers, only have two players who are averaging double-digit points so far this season. The junior guard, Marcus Sasser is the Cougars leading scorer. Sasser is averaging 25.5 points per game and four rebounds per game. The senior guard, Kyler Edwards is the only other player on the Cougars team who is averaging double-digit points. Edwards is averaging 14 points per game on 8.5 rebounds per game.

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The Houston Cougars are taking care of business so far this season, outscoring their opponents by an average of 20.5 points per game. The Virginia Cavaliers on the other hand are struggling, only outscoring their opponents by an average of 6.5 points. I’m looking for the Cougars to show the Cavaliers why they are ranked higher in the preseason rankings than the Cavaliers.

Houston 79 – Virginia 68

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  • Houston wins
I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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