Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) at Louisville Cardinals (7-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -4 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Louisville Cardinals meet in college basketball action from the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday night.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to build off of a 80-78 win over Miami last time out. Keve Aluma leads the Hokies in scoring and rebounding with 16 PPG and 6.7 RPG while Naheim Alleyne is 2nd in scoring with 11.1 PPG. Tyreece Radford and Jalen Cone each have 10+ PPG with Radford putting up 5.9 RPG this season. Wabissa Bede has a team-high 3.1 APG as well for the Hokies this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 75.6 PPG on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.5% from 3-point range and 69.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.2 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field and 34.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Louisville Cardinals will look to build off of a 76-64 win over Boston College to improve to 7-1 on the year as a result. Carlik Jones leads the Cardinals in scoring and assists with 16.4 PPG and 5.1 APG to go along with 6.6 RPG while David Johnson is 2nd in scoring with 14.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG to add to 4 APG this season. Samuell Williamson has 10 PPG to go along with 6.2 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Louisville coming into Wednesday’s matchup. Dre Davis has 9.1 PPG and Jae’Lyn Withers has 9 PPG to go along with a team-high 6.9 RPG this season. As a team, Louisville is averaging 70.1 PPG on 47.2% shooting from the field, 33.8% shooting from 3-point range and 74.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.8 PPG on 38.6% shooting from the field and 31.8% from 3-point range this season.
Virginia Tech is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Louisville is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game, but the fact here is that there is too much talent on both sides of the ball to have a number this low. When the total was released I was expecting something in the 140s, but to see 131.5 feels like a gift. I think we see a game where both teams get into the high 60s/low 70s, going over this number with ease.