VMI Keydets vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: VMI Keydets vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: VMI (+23)
The VMI Keydets (2-1) travel to Cassell Coliseum on Thursday where they'll take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0). Virginia Tech opens this contest as 23-point favorites. The O/U is set at 141.
VMI steps onto the court with a mark of 2-1 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 79.7 points per game (91st in D-1) while connecting on 47.3% from the floor. The Keydets are shooting 32.9% on three-point shots (28 of 85) and 76.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, VMI is collecting 41.3 boards per contest and has totaled 45 dimes for the year, which ranks 56th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 20.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 16.3 fouls per game. Defensively, the Keydets have forced 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.0 personal fouls. They rank 134th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 28 conceded on the year. The Keydets are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.8% (78 of 191) and they surrender 36.3 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 33.3% on shots from distance and they rank 176th in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.3).
The VMI Keydets played the Longwood Lancers and took home the win by a score of 84-71 in their last contest. VMI ended having earned a 48.3% FG percentage (29 of 60) and made 6 of 19 3-point attempts. When shot from the charity stripe, the Keydets buried 20 of 23 tries for a percentage of 87.0%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they compiled 42 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 assists in the matchup while earning 9 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to the defense, VMI allowed the other team to shoot 48.3% from the floor on 29 out of 60. Longwood earned 13 assists and 9 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Lancers pulled down 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Longwood finished the game shooting 59.1% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of their 22 attempts. They converted 6 of 26 tries from beyond the arc.
Greg Parham is a player who had an impact for the contest. He had 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins played and snagged 6 rebounds. Parham finished the game at 53.3% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that played big minutes in the game for the Keydets was Sean Conway. He had 5 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 57.1% from the field in this game by shooting 8-of-14 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Conway played for 36 minutes.
Virginia Tech has a mark of 3-0 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Hokies are connecting on 49.7% from the floor, which is ranked 138th in the country. Virginia Tech has earned 234 pts this year (78.0 per contest) and they pull down 32.7 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 14.3 times per game (117th in the nation) and they cough up possession 11.7 times per game. The Hokies are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls every game and they connect on 76.4% from the charity stripe. The Hokies are ranked 81st in D-1 in PPG given up with 64.3. They have relinquished 8.7 assists and 30.7 boards every game, which is 34th and 45th in college basketball. The Virginia Tech defense concedes 34.6% on shots from distance (18 of 52) and their opponents are converting on 70.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 12.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (102nd in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Virginia Tech Hokies walked away with a victory by a final of 76-58 when they played the USF Bulls. The Hokies earned 22 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 28 for this game. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 3 steals in the game. The Bulls committed 23 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Hokies to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throw tries for a clip of 81.0%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Virginia Tech converted 5 out of their 16 tries (31.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Hokies went 27 out of 50 from the floor which had them shooting 54.0%. The Hokies permitted the Bulls to convert 20 out of 53 tries from the floor which had them shooting 37.7% in the game. They went 30.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 3 of 10 and ended up shooting 15 of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). In reference to rebounding, Virginia Tech allowed South Florida to get 22 in total (7 offensive).
Tyrece Radford ended up playing a lot for the Hokies in the game. He converted 9 out of 12 in the matchup for a rate of 75.0%, which had him finishing with 21 points. Radford had 3 rebounds in his 26 minutes and added 2 dimes for the game. Someone else who saw a lot of minutes for Virginia Tech was Justyn Mutts. He walked away with 3 points in his 26 minutes played by going 1 of 5 shooting in the matchup. Mutts ended up shooting 20.0% from the field while totaling 2 dimes and 9 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take VMI (+23)
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