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Virginia Tech vs. Louisville - 2/4/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisville at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Monday February 4, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg, VA
The Line
Virginia Tech Hokies -4 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Louisville at Virginia Tech
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The 15th ranked Louisville Cardinals will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the 12th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The 15th ranked Louisville Cardinals had their 6-game winning streak and dropped to 16-6 (7-2 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 9th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 79-69, this past Saturday. Louisville struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after North Carolina took a 44-28 halftime lead. Louisville shot just 41.9% from the field and was outrebounded by the Tar Heels by a 49-32 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Dwayne Sutton who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Louisville is averaging 79.6 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisville has been led by Jordan Nwora (17.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Dwayne Sutton (10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Christen Cunningham (10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.6 apg), and Steven Enoch (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Defensively, Louisville is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The 12th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-3 (7-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the 23rd ranked NC State Wolfpack, 47-24, this past Saturday. In an incredible game that saw little to no scoring, Virginia Tech was able to pick up the big road victory after holding NC State to the Wolfpacks lowest scoring output in the shot-clock era. Virginia Tech held NC State to just 16.7% shooting from the field and 7.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hokies was Kerry Blackshear Jr. who had a double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 78.8 ppg on 50.2% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 42.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.3 spg), Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Ahmed Hill (13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Kerry Blackshear Jr. (12.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 3.9.

The Cardinals are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Hokies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 point and 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 games following an ATS win.

Louisville has won 7 of their last 10 games and come into this match-up ranked 47th in scoring offense, 87th in scoring defense, and 72nd in defensive FG%.

Virginia Tech has won 13 of their last 15 games and has been outstanding on both ends of the court as the Hokies rank 56th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, 13th in scoring defense, and 19th in turnover margin.

Louisville is a solid team however, they are just 4-4 in combined away/neutral court games this season and it’s certainly not going to get any easier for the Cardinals as they face a Virginia Tech team that is a perfect 11-0 at home. Virginia Tech has great depth on their team and as I think their defense at home is going to give Louisville some trouble, I’m taking the Hokies to cover this spread at home. Good Luck!

Pick:
Virginia Tech Hokies -4

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