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Clemson vs Virginia Tech 3/5/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Virginia Tech Hokies (19-11) vs. Clemson Tigers (15-15)
March 5, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Clemson Tigers +3 / Virginia Tech Hokies -3; Over/Under: 135
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The Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to Littlejohn Coliseum to take on the Clemson Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-11 on the season after defeating the Louisville Cardinals, 75-43, this past Tuesday. Virginia Tech was outstanding on both ends of the court against Louisville and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 33-21 lead into halftime. Virginia Tech shot 46.7% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc while holding Louisville to 36.2% shooting from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hokies was Justyn Mutts who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, & 2 blocks.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 70.0 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Keve Aluma (15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), Justyn Mutts (10.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Nahiem Alleyne (10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Hunter Cattoor (9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Clemson Tigers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-15 on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 68-65, this past Wednesday. Clemson trailed by a 55-44 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, the Tigers were outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to take the lead for good after a David Collins layup gave the Tigers a 65-64 lead with :56 seconds left in regulation. Clemson shot 52.8% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Georgia The to 44.6% shooting from the field & 31.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was David Collins who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.

On the season, Clemson is averaging 72.0 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Clemson has been led by PJ Hall (15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 bpg), Al-Amir Dawes (11.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Hunter Tyson (10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), & David Collins (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg). PJ Hall is questionable for this matchup due to a foot-injury.

Defensively, Clemson is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Hokies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games & 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Clemson. The Tigers are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. Virginia Tech & 2-9 ATS in their last 11 March games.

Virginia Tech has won 9 of their last 10 games and has been led by their defense which ranks 16th in scoring defense, however, the Hokies haven’t been overly strong on the road this season, posting just a 7-5 road record, which includes an ugly 68-63 loss at Boston College. Clemson has looked solid over the last week, which included a double-digit home victory over Wake Forest and as I think the Tigers defense will be able to give Virginia Tech some trouble, I think the play here is to take the Tigers and the points. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Clemson Tigers +3

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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