Virginia Tech Hokies vs Florida Gators Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Florida Gators
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech (+1)
The Virginia Tech Hokies (15-6) go to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday where they'll take on the Florida Gators (14-9) in the NCAA Tournament. Florida opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.5.
Virginia Tech will play this game with a win-loss record of 15-6 on the campaign. The Hokies are shooting 35.7% from downtown (173 of 485) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They average 72.1 points per game (154th in college basketball) while connecting on 45.1% from the field. They turn the ball over 11.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 16.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Virginia Tech is grabbing 35.1 rebounds per contest and has earned 302 assists on the year, which has them ranked 190th in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Hokies have forced 11.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.3 fouls. They are surrendering 33.0% on shots from distance and they are 55th in D-1 in opponents points per game (65.5). The Hokies defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.8% (487 of 1,164) and they surrender 32.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 40th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 227 conceded so far this season.
The Virginia Tech Hokies played the North Carolina Tar Heels and took a loss by a final of 81-73 in their last game. Virginia Tech ended having earned a 46.7% FG percentage (28 out of 60) and made 8 of their 18 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Hokies converted 9 of 16 shots for a percentage of 56.3%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected 30 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With respect to the defense, Virginia Tech allowed 44.4% from the field on 28 of 63 shooting. North Carolina recorded 12 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Additionally, North Carolina snagged 41 rebounds (14 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. North Carolina finished shooting 63.0% at the charity stripe by burying 17 of 27 shots. They also buried 8 out of their 21 attempts from 3-point land.
Justyn Mutts is one guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up with 24 points on 10 out of 16 shooting. He played for 36 minutes played and also totaled 8 rebounds. Mutts finished the game shooting 62.5% from the field and totaled 1 assist. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Hokies was Tyrece Radford. He snagged 6 rebounds in his 36 min played on the night. He finished the game shooting 61.5% from the field for this contest by hitting 8-of-13 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Radford accounted for 1 assist.
Florida has a win-loss record of 14-9 for the season. The Gators are responsible for committing 18.5 personal fouls per game and they go 75.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 11.8 times per contest (269th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per game. Florida has accounted for 1,701 points for the campaign (74.0 per contest) and they pull in 35.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Gators are hitting on 46.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 68th in the nation. The Gators defensively are ranked 169th in Division 1 in points allowed per game with 69.8. The Florida defense gives up 30.5% on shots from distance (145 of 475) and opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their free throw attempts. They concede 12.7 dimes and 34.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 162nd and 136th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (113th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Florida Gators went home defeated by a final of 78-66 against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Gators snagged 19 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for the contest. They also coughed it up 13 times, while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Volunteers were called for 18 fouls in this game which got the Gators to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 88.9%. When talking about 3-point shots, Florida converted 10 of their 24 attempts (41.7%). In all, the Gators went 20 out of 58 from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.5%. The Gators allowed the Volunteers to make 28 of 60 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 46.7% for the contest. They shot 36.0% from beyond the arc by going 9 out of 25 and ended up going 13 out of 18 from the free throw line (72.2%). When discussing attacking the glass, Florida allowed Tennessee to snag 36 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Tre Mann ended up being important for the Gators for the contest. He knocked down 8 of 19 for this contest for a field goal rate of 42.1%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. Mann had 30 points in his 39 mins of playing time and accounted for 1 assist for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Florida was Tyree Appleby. He walked away with 1 assist in his 34 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 3 of 13 from the floor. Appleby walked away from this one going 23.1% from the floor while also contributing 14 points and 1 rebound.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Virginia Tech (+1)
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