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Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg, VA
The Line
Virginia Tech Hokies -19 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
ACC Network
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet in an ACC college basketball matchup from Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will look to build some steam after a 71-67 win over NC State in their last outing. Jaylen Hoard led the Demon Deacons with 16 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a pair of steals and 3 blocks for a stat-stuffing double-double. Torry Johnson added 11 points in just 14 minutes while Brandon Childress added 10 points with 9 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Wake Forest in the win. Childress leads Wake Forest with an average of 16.1 points and 4.3 assists per game while Hoard leads the Demon Deacons in rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Wake Forest is averaging 73.3 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to rebound from just their 2nd loss of the season, coming in the form of an 81-59 beatdown at the hands of Virginia in their last outing. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and team-highs of 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Ahmed Hill added 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes of his own as the only other Hokie to score in double figures in the losing effort for Virginia Tech in the loss. Alexander-Walker leads Virginia Tech in scoring with 17.9 points per game while Justin Robinson leads Virginia Tech in assists with 5.6 assists per game and Kerry Blackshear Jr. leads the Hokies on the glass with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 77.9 points per game on 49.7% shooting from the field, along with the 4th-best 3-point percentage in the country, shooting 41.8% from behind the 3-point line and 74.2% from the foul line this season. The Hokies are also one of the nation’s best on defense, giving up just 58.8 points per game, the 4th-fewest points per game against in the country this season.

Wake Forest is 10-23 ATS in their last 33 games overall and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 17-7-1 in their last 25 games overall. Wake Forest is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

This is a ton of points to lay with Virginia Tech, considering that the Hokies are fresh off of that blowout loss to Virginia and are only scoring 4.6 more points per game than Wake Forest this season. However, Virginia is one of the best in the country defensively, far from what we can say for Wake Forest here. The Hokies are also undefeated at home and outscoring teams by 30.1 points per game at home this season while Wake Forest is being outscored by 13.3 points per game away from home on the year. I expect the Hokies defense to suffocate Wake Forest, so I’ll lay the points with Virginia Tech in this game.

Virginia Tech -19

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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