Virginia Tech Hokies vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech (+5)
The Louisville Cardinals (7-1) host the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) at KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday. The line on this contest has Louisville as 5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 131.5.
Virginia Tech heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-1 this season. They are turning it over 12.7 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.9 fouls per contest. As a unit, Virginia Tech is collecting 36.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 124 assists for the season, which has them ranked 127th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Hokies are connecting on 36.5% on three-point attempts (80 of 219) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 75.6 pts per game (126th in the country) on 45.7% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Hokies are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.2 fouls. The Hokies defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.2% (211 of 500) and they surrender 30.4 boards per game as a unit. They rank 155th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 101 conceded on the year. They are surrendering 34.4% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 62nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (64.2).
The Virginia Tech Hokies faced off with the Miami Hurricanes and earned the victory with a final of 80-78 in their last contest. Virginia Tech ended the contest having earned a 46.8% field goal percentage (29 of 62) and made 9 out of their 23 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Hokies made 13 of 21 tries for a rate of 61.9%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 27 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 dimes in this contest while having 12 steals and 4 rejections. Pertaining to defending, Virginia Tech allowed their opponent to shoot 46.8% from the floor on 29 out of 62 shooting. Miami doled out 20 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Hurricanes totaled 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Miami finished the contest at 80.0% from the free throw line by making 8 of 10 tries. They converted 10 out of their 25 shots from three-point range.
Keve Aluma is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. He accounted for 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes played and also snagged 6 rebounds. Aluma ended up shooting 56.3% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that played a role in the game for the Hokies was Justyn Mutts. He pulled down 9 boards and also totaled 2 assists. He ended up going 45.5% from the floor in the game by going 5-of-11 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Mutts played 34 min.
Louisville has a record of 7-1 this season. Louisville has accounted for 561 points this season (70.1 per game) and they pull in 38.1 rebounds per game. The Cardinals have committed 19.4 fouls every game and they shoot 74.2% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Cardinals are hitting on 47.2% from the floor, which is 87th in the country. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.6 times per game (229th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 13.4 times per game. The Cardinals on defense are ranked 32nd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 61.8. The Louisville defense surrenders 31.8% on 3-point attempts (57 of 179) and their opposition makes 61.0% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 9.5 assists and 30.9 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 17th and 42nd in those categories. They are able to force 12.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.6% from the floor (34th in Division 1).
In their last game, the Louisville Cardinals went home victorious with a score of 76-64 when they played the Boston College Eagles. The Cardinals were able to pull down 30 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 in this contest. They also stuffed 2 tries while recording 4 steals in this contest. The Eagles were called for 21 fouls in this game which got the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a rate of 84.2%. When discussing three-point shots, Louisville made 8 of 17 attempts (47.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Cardinals ended up going 26 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.3%. The Cardinals allowed the Eagles to bury 17 of 51 attempts from the field which had them shooting 33.3% for this game. They finished 24.2% from three-point range by going 8 out of 33 and finished the game at 22 of 28 from the charity stripe (78.6%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Louisville permitted Boston College to snag 29 overall (6 offensive).
David Johnson was important for the Cardinals for this game. He knocked down 7 of 16 in the game for a field goal rate of 43.8%, which earned him 20 points. Johnson grabbed 8 boards in his 37 minutes and accumulated 3 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Louisville was Carlik Jones. He ended up scoring 15 points in his 38 minutes played by way of 3 of 13 from the floor in this contest. Jones wrapped this one up going 23.1% from the floor as well as collecting 6 assists and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Louisville (-5)
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