Northeastern Huskies (2-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0)
|Date & Time||Friday November 16, 2018, 11:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -5.5 -- Over/Under: 146
ESPNU or ESPN2
The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Northeastern Huskies meet in college basketball action on Friday as part of the Charleston Classic.
The Virginia Tech Hokies punched their ticket to the semifinals of the Charleston Classic with a 73-64 win over Ball State in their last outing. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds while Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 18 points and a team-high 7 rebounds and Justin Robinson added 15 points with a team-high 6 assists and 4 steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Virginia Tech in the winning effort. Heading into Thursday’s matchup, Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 21 points and 6 rebounds per game while Robinson leads Virginia Tech in assists with 7 assists per game this season. As a team heading into Thursday’s action, Virginia Tech is averaging 80 points per game on 48.4% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the 3-point line and 75% from the foul line this season.
The Northeastern Huskies made their way to the semifinals thanks to a 68-52 win over Alabama in their last outing. Vasa Pusica led the Huskies with 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including a perfect 4 for 4 from downtown along with team-highs of 5 assists and 3 steals. Bolden Brace and Jeremy Miller each added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digits scorers for the Huskies in the victory, with Brace shooting 3 of 5 with 5 rebounds while Miller went 4 of 6 from the field. Jordan Roland added 5 points and a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the winning effort. Heading into Thursday’s matchup, Pusica led the Huskies with 20.3 points and 4.7 assists per game while Brace led Northeastern with 5.7 rebounds per game. As a team heading into Thursday’s action, Northeastern is averaging 74.3 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 43.1% from behind the 3-point line and 84.1% from the foul line this season.
Virginia Tech is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win. Northeastern is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games.
Virginia Tech is the best team in the tournament, and while Northeastern is more than capable of pulling off an upset or keeping this game close, I just can't see it as the Hokies are just on another level this early in the year. So as long as the line isn't too crazy, I'll side with Virginia Tech to move on to the championship game.