Virginia vs Virginia Tech Predictions, Expert College Basketball Picks 2/26/2020
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech +2.5
The Virginia Cavaliers head to Cassell Coliseum to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The opening line for this game has Virginia as 2.5 point favorites.
Virginia comes into this game with an overall record of 19-7. They currently have a point differential of 5.0 as they are averaging 57.7 points per game while giving up 52.7 per contest. Virginia Tech has an overall record of 15-12. They are averaging 70.6 points per game and surrendering 66.8, good for a point differential of 3.8.
Valuable Virginia Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Virginia Cavaliers are 9-15-2 against the spread this season
The Virginia Cavaliers are 13-13-0 against the over/under this year
Important Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 11-16-0 against the spread this season
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 13-14-0 against the over/under this year
Key Virginia Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Virginia Tech Hokies Injuries
11/05/19 G Jonathan Kabongo Back is out indefinitely
Mamadi Diakite comes into this game averaging 13.4 points per contest while playing 32.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 0.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 38% while his free throw percentage is 75%. Kihei Clark averages 10.8 points per contest in 37.3 minutes per game. He averages 6.0 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Landers Nolley II scores 16.7 points per contest while playing 30.8 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.1 rebounds per contest and has 2.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Tyrece Radford averages 10.4 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 25.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.3 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
Virginia averages 57.7 points per contest, which is 346th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 5.0 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a unit, which has them ranked 288th. From 3-point territory they shoot 30%, which is good for 308th in the nation. They average 34.2 boards per contest and 11.6 assists per game, which ranks them 243rd and 290th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 257th with 12.3 per game. The Cavaliers allow 52.7 points per contest, which is 1st in the NCAA. They also surrender a 37% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 2nd and 16th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 30.7 rebounds a game which ranks 19th, and they allow 9.1 assists per game which puts them in 4th place in the country. They force 12.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 68th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Virginia Tech is 195th in the nation with 70.6 points per contest this season. They are 245th in the country in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is 3.8. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 72nd in the NCAA. They are 194th in D-1 in rebounding with 35.0 boards per contest and 37th in assists per game with 15.0. The Hokies are 348th in turnovers per contest with 9.7. The Hokies give up 66.8 points per game, which ranks them 108th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 98th and 123rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 201st with 12.8 dimes allowed per game and 271st with 36.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Hokies are 69th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 12.0 per contest this year.
The Cavaliers are 319th in the nation in offensive rating with 94.3. In terms of pace they are 350th in the country with 60.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 295th. As a team they are 305th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 161st in Division 1. Virginia is 79th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.7 times per 100 possessions.
Virginia Tech is 346th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions. The Hokies are 140th in the country in offensive rating with 103.2. In terms of pace they are 305th in Division 1 with 66.5 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 131st. As a team they are 179th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 46% of their shots, ranking 20th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Virginia/Virginia Tech college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Virginia -2.5
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