College Basketball

Pittsburgh vs Virginia Tech 2/5/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Virginia Tech Hokies (12-10) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (8-14)
February 5, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers +6.5 / Virginia Tech Hokies -6.5; Over/Under: 126.5
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to the Petersen Events Center to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-10 on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 81-66, this past Wednesday night. Virginia Tech had no trouble generating offense against Georgia Tech and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 63-41 lead with 13:53 left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 52.8% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Georgia Tech to shoot 40.0% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hokies was Keve Aluma who had 24 poitns, 7 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 70.5 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 41.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Keve Aluma (15.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Hunter Cattoor (10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Justyn Mutts (10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), & Nahiem Alleyne (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Pittsburgh Panthers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-14 on the season after being defeated by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 91-75, this past Wednesday. Pittsburgh had no answers for the high-powered Wake Forest offense and could not fight back after the Demon Deacons went into halftime with a 46-24 lead. Pittsburgh shot 48.3% from the field & 43.8% from beyond the arc while allowing Wake Forest to shoot 54.9% from the field & 51.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was John Hugley who had a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds, & 1 steal.

On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 62.1 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pittsburgh has been led by John Hugley (15.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), Jamarius Burton (13.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Femi Odukale (12.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg), & Mouhamadou Gueye (8.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.9 bpg).

Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing their opponents to average 66.3 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

The Hokies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall & 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog & 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.

Virginia Tech is coming off an impressive victory recently at Florida State, however, this is still a team that is just 4-5 on the road this season which includes recent road losses to Boston College & North Carolina. Pittsburgh is led by a solid defense which ranks 100th in scoring defense & 71st in rebound margin and as the Panthers have been solid at home this season, which includes a recent double-digit victory over Syracuse, I think the play here is to take Pittsburgh and the points. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Pittsburgh Panthers +6.5

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05
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