Radford Highlanders (1-1) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0)
November 15, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -20.5 ; Over/Under: 134.5
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The Radford Highlanders and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet Monday in college basketball action from Cassell Coliseum. Radford is 1-1 so far this year following a win over Emory & Henry and a loss to Virginia. As for Virginia Tech, they’ve won both their games so far, taking out Maine and Navy. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Radford opened up the year with a good effort versus Emory & Henry, scoring 45 in the first half on the way to an 84-72 win. The Highlanders’ leading scorer was Camron McNeil, with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Game two versus Virginia didn’t go as well for Radford. The Highlanders fell 73-52 to Virginia following a massive 41-21 deficit at the break. Bryan Hard led the team on 12 points, while Shaquan Jules added 10 points and two boards.
Over on the Virginia Tech side, they jumped out to a 46-22 halftime lead in their opener versus Maine, eventually cruising to an 82-47 blowout win. Justyn Mutts posted 15 points with seven rebounds and six assists, and David N’Guessan added 15 points in 18 minutes of play.
In their second matchup of the year versus Navy, Virginia Tech kept it rolling. The Hokies put up another solid first half with a 45-27 edge, managing a 77-57 win at game’s end. Keve Aluma was the leading scorer in that one with 20 points, six rebounds and one assist.
The Hokies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Monday games. VT is 6-2 ATS in their last eight as a home favorite.
Meanwhile, the Highlanders are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall. Radford is 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Virginia Tech. The Hokies have looked pretty impressive over their first couple of games. In the Navy matchup, Virginia Tech shot 50 percent from the floor and a nice 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from 3-point range. The Hokies out-rebounded the Midshipmen 35-29 as well.
As for Radford, there really wasn’t much they could do scoring-wise versus Virginia, but they stayed competitive with a mild 32-30 rebounding deficit. This should be a similar game, though; I don’t think the Highlanders will be able to keep up.