Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2) vs. Maryland Terrapins (5-2)
December 1, 2021 7:15 pm EDT
The Line: Maryland Terrapins 0 / Virginia Tech Hokies 0; Over/Under: 131
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to the XFINTIY Center to take on the Maryland Terrapins this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Virginia Tech Hokies lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-2 on the season after being defeated by the 25th ranked Xavier Musketeers, 59-58, this past Friday. Virginia Tech was able to fight back from a 35-27 halftime deficit to make it a competitive game late, however, could not pull off the victory after a Nate Johnson three-pointer for the Musketeers gave Xavier the lead for good with just :25 seconds left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 40.7% from the field & 34.8% from beyond the arc while allowing Xavier to shoot 47.8% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hokies was Nahiem Alleyne who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, & 3 assists.
On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 71.4 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Nahiem Alleyne (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg), Keve Aluma (12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg), Hunter Cattoor (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), & Justyn Mutts (8.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 52.7 ppg on 36.7% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
The Maryland Terrapins had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-2 on the season after being defeated by the Louisville Cardinals, 63-55, this past Saturday. Maryland struggled on the offensive end against Louisville and could not fight back after the Cardinals took a 58-53 lead with 1:57 left in regulation. Maryland shot 38.5% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Louisville to shoot 35.0% from the field & 22.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Terrapins was Donta Scott who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.
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On the season, Maryland is averaging 71.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Terrapins are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 28.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Maryland has been led by Eric Ayala (15.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg), Fatts Russell (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Donta Scott (10.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg), & Hakim Hart (6.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg).
Defensively, Maryland is allowing their opponents to average 67.3 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Terrapins have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Hokies are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games & 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Terrapins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall & 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Maryland has picked up some decent wins this season against Vermont & Richmond, however, I haven’t been overly impressed from what I’ve seen from the Terrapins this season, especially on the offensive end as Maryland comes into this game ranked just 199th in scoring offense & 240th in FG%. Virginia Tech hasn’t picked up a big win yet this season after dropping close games to Memphis & Xavier, however, this is a talented team that has been great defensively as they come into this game ranked 2nd in scoring defense & 21st in defensive FG%. Maryland hasn’t been great ATS at home this season and as I think Maryland is going to struggle on the offensive end in this one, I’m taking Virginia Tech to snap their losing streak and get this victory. Good Luck!