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Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh - 1/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (13-7) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Tuesday night at the Cassell Coliseum.

The Pittsburgh Panthers have split their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 66.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Michael Young is averaging 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds while Jamel Artis is averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. James Robinson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Chris Jones is shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and have given up 65 or less points in five of their last nine games. Offensively, Pittsburgh is shooting 71.7 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU on the road.

Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh - 1/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Tech Hokies have lost seven straight games and are still looking for their first ACC win. On the season, VT is averaging 66.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Adam Smith is averaging 12.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while Ahmed Hill is averaging 8.5 points and 1.3 assists. Devin Wilson is dishing 4.3 assists and Jalen Hudson is shooting 48.8 percent from the field. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and have given up 74 or more points in five of their last nine games. Offensively, Virginia Tech is shooting 60.2 percent from the line and 38.4 percent from beyond the arc. Justin Bibbs is expected to miss this game with a concussion.

The Panthers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Hokies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. 

You have to think that the Hokies near upset over Virginia gave this team confidence moving forward. While Pittsburgh may be the better team, the Panthers can go long stretches without scoring and play really ugly basketball. I like the value of the points with the home team here. 

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Virginia Tech Hokies +5

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