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Virginia Tech vs Louisville 3/1/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Louisville Cardinals (12-16) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (18-11)
March 1, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -11.5 / Louisville Cardinals +11.5 ; Over/Under: 131.5
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The Louisville Cardinals will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Louisville Cardinals are lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-16 on the season after being defeated by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 99-77, this past Saturday. Louisville had no answers on the defensive end for the high-powered Wake Forest offense and could not fight back after the Demon Deacons took a 73-48 lead with 9:54 left in regulation. Louisville shot 50.8% from the field & 16.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Wake Forest to shoot 58.2% from the field & 48.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Sydney Curry who had 28 points, 7 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Louisville is averaging 68.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisville has been led by Noah Locke (9.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Malik Williams (9.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg), El Ellis (8.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Jarrod West (5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Louisville is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-11 on the season after defeating the Miami Hurricanes, 71-70, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech trailed by a 67-59 margin with just 1:42 left in regulation, however, the Hokies were outstanding down the stretch and was able to secure the improbable come from behind victory after Darius Maddox hit a game-winning three-pointer for the Hokies with :12 seconds left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 56.9% from the field & 29.2% from beyond the arc while allowing Miami to shoot 50.0% from the field & 37.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hokies was Keve Aluma who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 69.8 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Keve Aluma (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Justyn Mutts (10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Nahiem Alleyne (10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Hunter Cattoor (10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Cardinals are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games, however, are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games & 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Louisville has struggled on both sides of the count this season as the Cardinals come into this game ranked 246th in scoring offense, 264th in FG%, & t-212th in scoring defense. The Hokies have been led by their defense which ranks 19th in scoring defense and although Virginia Tech ranks just 211th in scoring offense, the Hokies have shot the ball well as they come into this game ranked 40th in FG% & 7th in 3P-FG%.

Louisville has had a season to forget, and I don’t think it’s going to get much better for the Cardinals as they are just 2-9 in road games this season and have recently allowed both Syracuse & Wake Forest to put up 90+ points against them. Virginia Tech is the better team on both sides of the ball and as I think the Hokies defense is going to limit the Cardinals offense to 55-60 points, I think the Hokies offense does enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Virginia Tech Hokies -11.5

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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