Pick Cavaliers -13 in Friday's George Washington vs. Virginia

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 21, 2014 3:16 PM GMT

Virginia prides itself on the defensive end of the floor, which makes it a top NCAA basketball pick against George Washington Friday night.

Junior Quartet
George Washington has been led by a quartet of juniors in the early going under fourth-year head coach Mike Lonergan, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks, as the group is averaging 53.0 points, 29.0 rebounds and 12.0 assists.

The Colonials haven’t faced much in terms of competition in the early going with wins over Grambling State and Rutgers, as they look to snap a 16-game losing streak against top-10 opponents. Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 12-14 SU and 13-11 ATs on the road, with the OVER going 7-5 in that situation.

 

Home-Court Advantage
Virginia has won 13 games in a row at John Paul Jones Arena, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, especially since 12 of those victories have come by a double-digit margin.

The Cavaliers rank third in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 28.4 percent—holding each of their opponents under 33 percent in opening up with a 2-0 SU record. It’s important to point out that the program is 37-4 SU and 22-10 ATS at this venue since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

 

Familiar Faces
The Colonials will certainly be motivated in playing this non-conference matchup, as starters Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald will face off against former prep teammates Friday night. Larsen and Virginia leading scorer Justin Anderson played together at Montrose Christian, while McDonald ran with Darion Atkins at The Landon School.

 

Key Numbers
The Cavaliers have held 27 straight foes under 50 percent shooting from the field, while they’ve surrendered just four fast-break points in the early going this year.

Virginia has always taken pride on the defensive end under head coach Tony Bennett, with last year’s team ranking fifth nationally in overall efficiency on that end.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cavaliers as one of their basketball picks, as the Colonials are 5-7 ATS versus their last 12 lined opponents that allow 64 or fewer points per game.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Virginia Cavaliers -13 at 5Dimes