Penn State vs. Virginia Tech - 12/3/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Penn State Nittany Lions play Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have split their last four games and will play their first true road contest. On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 70.3 points on 51.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Adam Smith leads Virginia Tech with 14.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting and Justin Bibbs is averaging 12.2 points on 60 percent shooting. Joey Van Zegeren is the third VT player to average double-digit points and Devin Wilson is averaging 5.7 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are one of the top shooting teams in the country, which includes an impressive 45.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Hokies have to clean up their 15 turnovers per game and have to do a better job of rebounding, as they’re averaging just 31.3 boards per game.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have won four straight and looking to prove themselves as a Big Ten contender. On the season, Penn State is averaging 76 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 70.3 points on 37.7 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill leads Penn State with 25 points on 49.2 percent shooting and Shep Garner is averaging 10.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting from deep. Brandon Taylor is the third Penn State player to average double-digit points and Ross Travis is grabbing 7.4 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions and are a better offensive team than expected, which includes 36.6 percent shooting from deep. The Nittany Lions are even averaging 38.7 rebounds per game but could improve on the defensive side of the ball.
The Hokies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Nittany Lions are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Virginia Tech hasn't played a team anywhere close to Penn State and have yet to play a ture road game. Spread is a little too steep for my taste but the Nittany Lions have to be the pick here.