Virginia Tech vs Duke Predictions, College Basketball Picks Tonight 2/22/2020
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
TV: ESPN, ESPN2
Odds/Point Spread: Duke -17
The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Duke as 17 point favorites.
Virginia Tech heads into this matchup with a mark of 15-11. They currently have a point differential of 4.9 as they are averaging 70.9 points per contest while giving up 66.0 per game. Duke has an overall mark of 22-4. They are averaging 82.4 points per contest and giving up 66.7, which is a point differential of 15.7.
Valuable Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 11-15-0 against the spread
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 12-14-0 against the over/under
Important Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
The Duke Blue Devils are 13-13-0 against the spread
The Duke Blue Devils are 18-8-0 against the over/under
Key Virginia Tech Hokies Injuries
11/05/19 G Jonathan Kabongo Back is out indefinitely
Key Duke Blue Devils Injuries
No key injuries to report
Landers Nolley II comes into this contest averaging 17.3 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 58% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 78%. Tyrece Radford averages 10.2 points per game in 25.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 6.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 62% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Vernon Carey Jr. averages 18.0 points per game while playing 24.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 8.8 rebounds per game and has 1.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. Tre Jones averages 15.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per contest and 6.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
Virginia Tech averages 70.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 191st in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 4.9 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 223rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 66th in the nation. They average 35.2 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per game, which ranks them 190th and 37th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 348th with 9.8 per game. The Hokies allow 66.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 84th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc, ranking them 95th and 105th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.4 rebounds a game which ranks 259th and they give up 12.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 190th place in Division 1. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 71st in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Duke is 3rd in the country with 82.4 points per game this year. They are 14th in Division 1 in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 15.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 84th in the nation. They are 18th in the NCAA in rebounding with 40.0 boards per game, and 20th in assists per contest with 15.9. The Blue Devils are 155th in turnovers per game with 13.5. The Blue Devils surrender 66.7 points per contest, which ranks them 99th in D-1. Their defense allows a 42% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 107th and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 125th with 11.9 assists allowed per contest and 137th with 34.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blue Devils are 311th in country in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game.
The Hokies have an offensive rating of 103.9, which is ranked 125th. They are 312th in college basketball in pace with 66.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 114th. As a unit they are 159th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 47% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in D-1. Virginia Tech is 346th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions.
Duke is 251st in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.5 times per 100 possessions. The Blue Devils have an offensive rating of 111.4, which is ranked 11th. They are 36th in D-1 in pace with 73.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 40th. As a unit they are 50th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 302nd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Virginia Tech/Duke college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Duke -17
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