West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (11-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and West Virginia Mountaineers play Tuesday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have won four straight games and will play their second true road contest. On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 70.8 points on 49.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Justin Bibbs is averaging 12.7 points and three rebounds while Adam Smith is averaging 12.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Joey Van Zegeren is the third player averaging double-digit points and Devin Wilson is racking up 4.5 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are a quality offensive team that’s shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc and scoring 80-plus points in three of their last seven games. Defensively, Virginia Tech is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 31.2 percent from deep.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers are off to a fast 11-1 start this season and will play for the first time in eight days. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 78.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Juwan Staten is averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 assists while Jonathan Holton is averaging 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. Devin Williams is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jevon Carter is shooting 41.4 percent from the field. The West Virginia Mountaineers rely on their pressure defense that’s forcing 22.7 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 34.2 percent from downtown. West Virginia has allowed 70-plus points just twice this season. Offensively, WVU is shooting 66.7 percent from the free throw line and 30.1 percent from deep.
The Hokies are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big 12. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Hokies are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in West Virginia and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
While I love this West Virginia team, I'm not sure the Mountaineers are worth 18 points. That's a ton of points to pass up with a Virginia Tech team that can put the ball in the hoop quickly. This line looks to be way off.