Virginia Tech Hokies vs. New Mexico Lobos - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico Lobos (3-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
DirecTV Wooden Legacy quarterfinals action is on the schedule as the New Mexico Lobos face off against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Wednesday afternoon.
The New Mexico Lobos won their 3rd straight to start the year with a 72-59 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State. Tim Williams made just 5 of 11 attempts from the floor, but made up for it with 10 males on 13 trips to the foul line to finish with 20 points on the night to lead the Lobos. Williams was one of 3 New Mexico players to finish with double digits in the scoring column, as Elijah Brown finished with 19 points on 6 of 17 from the floor, with just one make on 7 attempts from behind the arc, the lone 3-pointer for the Lobos in the game, and 6 of 8 from the foul line to go along with a team-high 8 rebounds. Sam Logwood rounded out the trio with 12 points on 5 of 7 from the floor to go along with a pair or makes from the free throw line. As a team, New Mexico is scoring 82.7 points per game while shooting 50.6% from the field, the 32nd best mark in the nation. Where the Lobos would like to improve is their shooting behind the arc where they rank at the bottom of the entire country, making just 21.1% of their 3-pointers this year, to go along with a 71.4% mark from the charity stripe.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies also won their 3rd straight to open the year with an 88-72 win over VMI. Zach LeDay led all Tech scorers with 23 points on 7 of 11 from the floor to go along with 9 makes in 14 trips to the free throw line. Seth Allen followed behind LeDay with 15 points on 7 of 9 from the field, however he made just 1 of his 5 free throws on the night. Chris Clarke and Justin Bibbs each put up 13 points as the other pair of Hokies to finish in double figures scoring on the night, with Clarke going 6 of 9 from the floor with a free throw make while Bibbs connected on 5 of 7 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. As a team, Virginia Tech is scoring 89 points per game, the 32nd best mark in the country, on the 10th best field goal percentage at 53.5%. They are also making 37.1% from 3-point range but need to improve on their 59.4% rate from the charity stripe.
New Mexico is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Virginia Tech is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 18-5 ATS in their last 23 games overall while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 non-conference games.
This should be a highly entertaining game, however New Mexico simply hasn’t fared well against the spread at a neutral site recently, while Virginia Tech has done well at a neutral site and they have been a covering machine, covering in 18 of their last 23 games.
Virginia Tech and the low line is the play here.