Virginia Tech Hokies vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech (-3)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (8-5) play the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-3) at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday. Virginia Tech opens this game as 3-point favorites. The over/under opens at 135.5.
Virginia Tech will play this contest with a record of 13-3 this year. They are turning it over 11.9 times per contest and as a group they are committing 15.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Virginia Tech is snagging 35.9 rebounds per game and has tallied 210 assists this season, which has them ranked 138th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Hokies are shooting 34.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (130 of 376) and 69.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.1 pts per contest (173rd in Division 1) while shooting 44.8% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Hokies are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. The Hokies defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.5% (368 of 886) and they concede 31.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 124th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 167 surrendered on the year. They are conceding 32.2% from beyond the arc while they are 50th in college basketball in points per game allowed (63.8).
The Virginia Tech Hokies played the Virginia Cavaliers and earned the victory with a final of 65-51 in their last contest. Virginia Tech finished the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 44) and made 9 of their 18 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Hokies made 12 of their 14 shots for a rate of 85.7%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 30 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 13 assists for this game while getting 2 steals and 4 blocks. When discussing defending, Virginia Tech allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 22 out of 44 shooting. Virginia distributed 9 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Cavaliers snagged 23 boards (5 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Virginia shot 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 3 of 4 tries. They also made 10 out of their 28 tries from 3-point land.
Keve Aluma is someone who was a factor for this contest. He recorded 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He played 36 mins and pulled down 10 rebounds. Aluma finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Hokies was Wabissa Bede. He snagged 4 rebounds and accounted for 5 dimes. He finished the game at 66.7% from the floor for the contest by going 2-of-3 (7 points). Overall, Bede played for 35 min.
Pittsburgh has a mark of 8-5 for the season. The Panthers commit 17.5 fouls per game and they go 65.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.2 times per game (42nd in the nation) and they are turning it over 12.8 times per game. Pittsburgh has accounted for 940 points so far this season (72.3 per game) and they grab 41.1 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Panthers are shooting 42.3% from the floor, which is ranked 268th in college basketball. The Panthers are ranked 162nd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 68.9. They concede 15.8 assists and 35.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 325th and 209th in the country. The Pittsburgh defense surrenders 30.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (96 of 318) and their opposition knocks down 66.1% of their foul shots. They are able to force 13.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.9% from the field (119th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers went home defeated by a final of 84-58 when they played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Panthers were able to pull down 22 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this contest. They turned away 3 tries while getting 4 steals in the game. The Fighting Irish earned 9 fouls in this game which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for 5 shots. They were able to bury 4 of the free throws for a rate of 80.0%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Pittsburgh made 8 out of 26 attempts (30.8%). When the game finished, the Panthers finished shooting 23 for 73 from the floor which had them shooting 31.5%. The Panthers allowed the Fighting Irish to convert 32 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.1% in this contest. They shot 54.2% from three-point range by shooting 13 out of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 12 from the charity stripe (58.3%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Pittsburgh allowed Notre Dame to pull down 36 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Justin Champagnie pitched in for the Panthers in this game. He knocked down 8 out of 20 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which gave him 19 points. Champagnie had 11 boards in his 34 mins played and added 2 dimes for this game. One more player that was important for Pittsburgh was Ithiel Horton. He totaled 9 points in 24 minutes played by going 3 of 6 from the floor in this matchup. Horton finished going 50.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+3)
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