Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/15/23
Virginia Tech Hokies (19-14) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (21-12)
March 15, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -5.5 / Virginia Tech Hokies +5.5; Over/Under: +150
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Wednesday in the college basketball NIT First Round at the Fifth Third Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 74.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Grant Basile is averaging 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Sean Pedulla is averaging 15.2 points and 3.8 assists. Justyn Mutts is the third double-digit scorer, and Hunter Cattoor is dishing 2.4 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 77.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Landers Nolley II is averaging 16.6 points and 2.6 assists, while David DeJulius is averaging 14.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Viktor Lakhin is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremiah Davenport is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game.
The Hokies are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games. The Bearcats are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Hokies last 14 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Bearcats last 5 home games.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are getting the benefit of the doubt because they’re at home where they’ve killed it all year, and they’ve been covering machines for much of the season. I get it. However, Virginia Tech is a bit more battle tested, has had some success on the road and could make a run in this tournament if the outside shots are falling. Virginia Tech has been rough as underdogs this season, but we’re getting some decent points here. Give me the Hokies.