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Virginia Tech vs. Liberty - 3/24/19 NCAA College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Liberty at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
SAP Center
San Jose, California
The Line
Virginia Tech Hokies -8.5 O/U: 126
TV Channel
TBS
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The Liberty Flames and the Virginia Tech Hokies will match up on the college basketball circuit in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Sunday.

Liberty comes in here with a 29-6 mark overall. The Flames rolled through the Atlantic Sun Tournament, then took out Mississippi State in a nice upset in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday.

In the big win over the Bulldogs, Liberty’s Caleb Homesley led the way on 30 points with four rebounds and one assist. Lovell Cabbil added 18 points with five assists and two rebounds for the Flames in that one also.

Over on the Virginia Tech side, they’re 25-8 overall this year. The Hokies fell to Florida State in the ACC Tournament, but got back to winning in the First Round by taking out St. Louis in a blowout.

In Friday’s win over the Billikens, Virginia Tech’s top performer was Nickeil Alexander-Walker with 20 points, six rebounds and one assist. Kerry Blackshear posted 15 points with four rebounds and three assists for the Hokies in that one as well.

Liberty is 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Flames are 2-6 ATS in their last eight after an ATS win and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral-site games.

Meanwhile, the Hokies are 6-1 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games and 4-1 ATS in their last five Sunday games. Virginia Tech is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games.

Liberty had a big second half against Mississippi State, outscoring the Bulldogs 45-39 on the way to their 80-76 victory. That continues a strong run as of late for the Flames, who have won six straight and scored at least 70 points in nine of their last 10 outings.

As for Virginia Tech, they simply drilled the Billikens, jumping out to a 40-18 lead at halftime and coasting to a 66-52 win.

This is an interesting matchup and a tough one to try and pick; Virginia Tech certainly has the upper hand here, but Liberty has been playing well enough that they could get inside a large enough line. I think this qualifies. 

Pick:
Liberty Flames +8.5

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