Virginia Tech vs. Alabama - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (19-15) at Virginia Tech Hokies (21-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -2 -- Over/Under: 142 See the Latest Odds
Coming up Thursday from PPG Paints Arena in NCAA Tournament first-round action, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be meeting up with the Virginia Tech Hokies on the college basketball court.
Virginia Tech enters this game with a 21-11 record overall. The Hokies have lost three of their last four games, including last Wednesday’s matchup versus Notre Dame. In that one, Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson had 15 points and seven assists.
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Robinson leads the Hokies on the year with 13.8 PPG and 5.6 RPG. Also in double-figures for Virginia Tech are Justin Bibbs (13.1 PPG), Kerry Blackshear (12.6 PPG; 6.1 RPG), Ahmed Hill (10.8 PPG) and Nickel Alexander-Walker (10.5 PPG).
Over on the Alabama side, they’re sitting at 19-15 this year. The Tide won two conference tourney games before falling to Kentucky back on Saturday. In that game, Alabama’s top scorer was Collin Sexton with 21 points.
Sexton is tops for Alabama on 19.0 PPG this year and 3.5 APG. Also in double-figures for the Crimson Tide are Donta Hall (10.9 PPG; 6.8 RPG) and John Petty (10.1 PPG).
Alabama is 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight non-conference games and the under is 4-1 in their last five Thursday games. The under is also 21-8 in the Tide’s last 29 non-conference games and 14-6 in their last 20 overall.
Meanwhile, the Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last four following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. Virginia Tech is also 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
Virginia Tech has taken out some tough competition lately, but just hasn’t looked great on offense with 68 points or fewer in their last five straight. Alabama was helped out by their solid conference tourney performance, but prior to that they were quite a mess for a handful of games. I don’t think the Tide have the offense to keep up here, so I’m going Virginia Tech.