The No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers (6-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they meet the Maine Black Bears (2-3) at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Maine Black Bears vs. Virginia Cavaliers Odds Preview
The Black Bears won big over the Maine Maritime Mariners in their last outing, 90-50. Andrew Fleming was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting. Maine dominated every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 28.9) and a free throw rate of 0.147 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Maine Maritime recorded marks of 8.1 and 0.073, respectively.
The last time the Cavaliers were in action, they defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 48-45. With 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting, Casey Morsell was Virginia’s high scorer. The Cavaliers held the Sun Devils to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 26.5). The Sun Devils also had a turnover percentage of 24.4 (above their season average of 13.0).
The productive offense of Virginia will face off against the bottom-tier defense of Maine. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Cavaliers rank 14th in offensive efficiency, while the Black Bears are 303rd in defensive efficiency. The Cavaliers figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball. Moreover, the Black Bears rank 340th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.171), while the Cavaliers rank seventh in opponents’ FTA rate (0.164).
Maine vs. Virginia Free Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Virginia, ATS Winner – Virginia, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Cavaliers rank 216th in three pointers attempted per game (21.2) while the Black Bears rank 251st (20.4).
Maine is 16th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Virginia is 32nd with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
Virginia ranks first in assists allowed per game (8.6) while Maine ranks 272nd (14.9).
The Cavaliers rank 18th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Black Bears rank 265th (7.4).
Virginia ranks 168th in rebounds per game (35.5) while Maine ranks 294th (32.3).