Virginia vs. West Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

    Virginia vs. West Virginia prediction and game preview for when the Cavaliers go up against the Mountaineers in Madison Square Garden.

    December 8, 2015

    The Virginia Cavaliers will head to New York City to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Madison Square Garden. Below is the Virginia vs. West Virginia prediction and game preview.

    Virginia vs. West Virginia Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8
    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
    Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
    Network: ESPN

    Why You Need To Care

    It’s always a special time when we get a matchup of two AP Top 25 teams, but this one is a little more special because it’s a part of the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic in Madison Square Garden.

    The No. 10-ranked Cavaliers are 7-1 on the season. After dropping its second game of the season on the road to George Washington, Virginia has responded with six straight wins. The Cavs’ latest victory was 67-52 at home against William & Mary.

    West Virginia, though ranked lower, still has an unblemished record at 7-0. The No. 14 Mountaineers ran through the likes of Northern Kentucky, James Madison and Stetson to open the season. Their last three wins have come against Richmond, San Diego State and Kennesaw State.

    Both teams are holding their opponents to less than 60 points per game, so we’ll see which offense rises to the occasion in this one.

    Why Virginia Will Win

    Malcolm Brogdon is the most important part of the Cavaliers’ team. He’s leading them in minutes played per game (31), points per game (17.3) and field goals attempted per game (13.5). Brogdon needs to find his stroke to set the tone offensively for Virginia. On top of that, the Cavs will have to force West Virginia to beat them from the perimeter. The Mountaineers only shoot 28.5 percent from the outside, so some missed threes could turn into fast break points for Virginia.

    Why West Virginia Will Win

    West Virginia has to get some penetration to open up the floor offensively. Virginia allows its opponents to shoot 33.1 percent from the outside. If Devin Williams can find the touch inside and get into a rhythm, that’ll open up Jaysean Paige and Jevon Carter for some spot-up threes. If the Mountaineers do that and force Brogdon into some contested jump shots, things will definitely be looking up for West Virginia.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Virginia’s defense is going to force West Virginia to try and win the game from behind the arc, and it just won’t work. The Cavs’ defense is too good and will control the glass when those triples inevitably go offline. Brogdon will heat up early and set the tone. Virginia will get to the basket and hit its threes when it needs to in order to win the game.

    Virginia vs. West Virginia Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Virginia 77, West Virginia 73

    Jordan Cornette:
    West Virginia 70, Virginia 66

    Line: Virginia -3.5, o/u: 136

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