Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions, NCAA Basketball Picks 2/15/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech -3.5
The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Cassell Coliseum to play the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Virginia Tech as 3.5 point favorites.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with an overall record of 15-10. They currently have a point differential of 2.4 as they are averaging 66.2 points per game while giving up 63.8 per contest. Virginia Tech has an overall mark of 14-10. They are averaging 70.0 points per contest and giving up 64.9, which is a point differential of 5.2.
Valuable Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 12-13-0 against the spread
The Pittsburgh Panthers are 12-12-1 against the over/under
Important Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 10-14-0 against the spread
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 11-13-0 against the over/under
Key Pittsburgh Panthers Injuries
11/05/19 F Kene Chukwuka Hip is out indefinitely
02/07/20 G Onyebuchi Ezeakudo Ankle is out indefinitely
01/09/20 G Ithiel Horton Undisclosed is out for season
Key Virginia Tech Hokies Injuries
11/05/19 G Jonathan Kabongo Back is out indefinitely
Trey McGowens comes into this contest averaging 12.6 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 75%. Justin Champagnie averages 12.5 points per game in 31.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.5 assists per contest and 7.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Landers Nolley II averages 17.7 points per game while playing 31.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. Tyrece Radford averages 9.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 24.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 64% and his free throw percentage is 67%.
Useful Team Statistics
Pittsburgh averages 66.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 303rd in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 2.4 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team, which has them ranked 299th. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 310th in the nation. They average 34.7 rebounds per game and 12.7 assists per game, which ranks them 215th and 218th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 299th with 11.8 per game. The Panthers allow 63.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 41st in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 131st and 210th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.0 rebounds a game which ranks 233rd and they give up 13.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 238th place in Division 1. They force 15.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 304th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Virginia Tech is 216th in the country with 70.0 points per game this year. They are 214th in Division 1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 5.2. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 60th in the nation. They are 212th in the NCAA in rebounding with 34.8 boards per game, and 40th in assists per contest with 15.0. The Hokies are 349th in turnovers per game with 9.8. The Hokies surrender 64.9 points per contest, which ranks them 61st in D-1. Their defense allows a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 120th and 135th in those defensive statistics. They rank 208th with 13.0 assists allowed per contest and 213th with 35.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Hokies are 82nd in country in forcing turnovers with 12.2 per game.
The Panthers have an offensive rating of 100.8, which is ranked 193rd. They are 332nd in college basketball in pace with 65.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 46% is 327th. As a unit they are 309th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 294th in D-1. Pittsburgh is 269th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions.
Virginia Tech is 346th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions. The Hokies are 125th in the country in offensive rating with 104. In terms of pace they are 315th in Division 1 with 66.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 106th. As a team they are 148th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 47% of their shots, ranking 15th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Pittsburgh/Virginia Tech college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Virginia Tech -3.5
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