Virginia Tech Hokies vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 12/22/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
The Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4) are hitting the road to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday where they will meet the Duke Blue Devils (10-1).
The Virginia Tech Hokies stepped onto the hardwood against St. Bonaventure and took home the win by a score of 86-49 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Hokies finished with 13 and St. Bonaventure racked up 17 personal fouls. They also converted 6 of their 23 tries from distance. St. Bonaventure finished the contest at 53.8% from the charity stripe by making 7 of their 13 attempts. In addition, St. Bonaventure grabbed 23 rebounds (8 offensive, 15 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. St. Bonaventure recorded 8 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. In terms of defending, Virginia Tech let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the floor on 18 of 54 shooting. They also dished out 14 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned 31 with 9 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Hokies knocked down 17 of 23 tries for a percentage of 73.9%. Virginia Tech wrapped up the contest with a 54.9% FG percentage (28 of 51) and knocked down 13 of 28 shots from distance.
Hunter Cattoor is someone who played a role for the game. He left the arena with 21 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 mins and also pulled down 5 boards. He finished the contest at 85.7% from the field but had no assists at the end of the game.
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Virginia Tech enters this game with a win-loss mark of 8-4 on the season. They are turning it over 11.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Virginia Tech is pulling in 34.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 165 assists this year, which is 112th in the country in terms of passing. The Hokies are hitting 40.0% on 3-pointers (108 of 270) and 72.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.6 pts per game (196th in Division 1) while hitting 46.2% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Hokies have forced 14.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.1 personal fouls. They currently rank 136th in the country in giving up assists with 129 conceded so far this year. The Hokies defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 39.6% (255 of 644) and they relinquish 31.7 boards per game as a squad. They give up 25.5% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 9th in college hoops in PPG allowed (56.5).
In their last game, the Duke Blue Devils went home victorious with a score of 87-56 against Elon. The Blue Devils snagged 23 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 37 in this matchup. They turned it over 7 times, while recording 14 steals in the game. Elon was called for 20 fouls for the matchup which took the Blue Devils to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a clip of 60.0%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Duke made 8 out of their 25 attempts (32.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Blue Devils went 32 for 65 from the field which had them shooting 49.2%. The Blue Devils allowed Elon to knock down 22 out of 49 attempts from the field which had them shooting 44.9% in this game. They wrapped up this game 38.9% from 3-point land via 7 out of 18 and ended up shooting 5 of 9 at the free throw line (55.6%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Duke permitted Elon to grab 29 in total (3 on the offensive side).
Trevor Keels was important for the Blue Devils in the game. He buried 8 out of 13 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and tallied 1 rebound. He had 19 points in his 25 mins on the hardwood, but wasn't able to tally an assist.
Duke has a record of 10-1 this year. The Blue Devils have committed 13.5 fouls every game and they shoot 75.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 18.5 times per game (11th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 9.2 times per game. Duke has 947 points for the year (86.1 per contest) and they pull in 38.2 boards per contest. As an offense, the Blue Devils are connecting on 49.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 16th in Division 1.
The Duke defense concedes 31.8% on shots from distance (78 of 245) and their opponents are knocking down 60.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 13.7 assists and 35.3 rebounds per game, which ranks them 257th and 204th in Division 1. The Blue Devils on defense are ranked 94th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 64.4. They are forcing 15.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.0% from the floor (122nd in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Duke
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