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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/12/13

West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the West Virginia Mountaineers face off on Tuesday afternoon in college basketball action.

The Virginia Tech Hokies didn’t start their season like they had hoped as they fell to South Carolina Upstate in what was a major upset. The Hokies trailed at the half and then had chances to win it late but simply didn’t get it done as they fell to the Spartans. Jarell Eddie scored 18 points and seven rebounds to lead VT. Cadarian Raines scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds, and Joey van Zegren grabbed seven boards. Virginia Tech shot 39 percent from the floor, made 36.4 percent of their free throws, and shot just 50 percent from the free throw line which ultimately was the difference. In recent years VT has felt snubbed around NCAA Tournament time but it is losses like this that will not help their case.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/12/13

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The West Virginia Mountaineers are coming off of a tough season but they opened this season on the right note knocking off Mount St. Mary’s by 15 points. WVU led by nine points at halftime and were able to extend the lead out as well as giving several players quality minutes on the floor. Juwan Staten led the way for WVU with 22 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Eron Harris scored 19 points, had four rebounds, and three assists. Nathan Adrian had 11 points and Brandon Watkins had 10 points. West Virginia shot a blazing 56 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent from three-point land, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. At the very least West Virginia appears to be a better team than they were a year ago.

Virginia Tech is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. West Virginia is 0-6 against the spread in their last six games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record. The road team has covered the spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two.

VT will be out for blood in this one to try and redeem themselves for the embarrassment in their opener but the problem is they are facing a better team and don’t look for Bob Huggins to have another bad year at WVU.

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