Virginia Tech vs. Iowa - 11/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Virginia Tech Hokies face off in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to build some momentum after rebounding from back-to-back losses with a 95-85 win over UAB last time out. Jordan Bohannon led the team with 30 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 6 threes and a team-high 4 assists, while Tyler Cook came right behind with 29 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 6 rebounds and a 13 for 16 mark from the foul line. Luka Carza added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Isaiah Moss added 12 points and 4 assists of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for Iowa in the win. Moss leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game this season, while Garza is pulling down a team-high 8.2 rebounds and Bohannon is dishing out a team-high 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is scoring 85 points per game on 50.8% shooting from the field, 42.7% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will try to build on their current 3 game winning streak following a 96-63 blowout over Morehead State in their last outing. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the team with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 3 threes,4 assists and a pair of steals, while Justin Bibbs came next with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists of his own. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13 points and a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Ahmed Hill rounded out the scoring in double figures for Virginia Tech with 12 points on 4 for 8 shooting with a pair of triples. Chris Clarke dished out a team-high 5 assists along with 4 points and 6 boards, while P.J. Horne added 9 points and Tyrie Jackson pitched in a pair of steals off of the bench for Virginia Tech in the win. Hill leads the team with 19.8 points per game while Clarke is the team’s top rebounder with 7.8 boards per game and Robinson is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 5 assists per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech boasts the top open-floor offense in the country, scoring the most points per game in D-I with 102 points per game, on 58.3% shooting from the field and 49.6% shooting from 3-point range, both tops in the country in addition to a 74.2% mark from the foul line this season.
Iowa is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games against the ACC while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Virginia Tech is 22-7-1 ATS in their last 30 home games and 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 non-conference games.
If we look at Iowa’s last 3 games, they have a pair of back-to-back losses to San Diego State and Louisiana-Lafayette before the win against UAB where they still allowed 85 points. Say what you want about the Hokies, but the truth is that their offensive output to start the season is impressive, and I think they have a chance to be a sleeper in the ACC if they can keep it up and I think they do with a win and cover over the Hawkeyes in this one.