Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)|
Petersen Events Center
Pittsburgh Panthers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5
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The 22nd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to the Petersen Events Center to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 22nd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 19-5 (8-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 76-68, this past Wednesday. Virginia Tech trailed by a 30-27 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half against the tough Georgia Tech defense and was able to pull away after taking a 64-54 lead with 4:29 left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 47.2% from the field and 43.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hokies was Kerry Blackshear Jr. who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals.
On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 75.6 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game on 41.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (17.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 spg), Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 bpg), and Ahmed Hill (12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Justin Robinson will miss this game as he is currently out indefinitely due to an ankle injury suffered in early February.
Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Pittsburgh Panthers lost their 8th consecutive game and dropped to 12-13 (2-10 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Boston College Eagles, 66-57, this past Tuesday. Pittsburgh struggled offensively agianst the Eagles defense and allowed Boston College to pull away later after a 9-0 Eagles run gave Boston College a 66-56 lead with just :54 seconds left in regulation. Pittsburgh shot just 29.0% from the field and 27.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Jared Wilson-Frame who had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assits.
On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 72.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pittsburgh has been led by Xavier Johnson (16.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Trey McGowens (12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.1 spg), Jared Wilson-Frame (12.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Au’Diese Toney (8.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Defensively, Pittsburgh is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Hokies are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Virginia Tech has won 4 of their las 7 games and currently rank 110th in scoring offense, 22nd in FG%, and 8th in scoring defense.
Pittsburgh is once against struggling to pick up ACC wins this season and currently rank 176th in scoring offense, 110th in scoring defense, and 24th in defensive FG%.
Virginia Tech hasn’t looked the same since losing Justin Robinson due to injury as although the Hokies are a very talented team, one of the areas they lacked in has been depth. Pittsburgh has struggled as of late, however, this is still a Panthers team that has solid home wins over Florida State and Louisville this season and as I think their defense will be able to give the Hokies some trouble, I’m going to roll with Pittsburgh and the points. Good Luck!