Virginia Tech vs St. Louis 3/22/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. St. Louis Billikens
NCAAB: 10:00 PM EST
Mar. 22, 2019
Latest Odds : VT -9.5 Total 126
The No. 4 seeded Virginia Tech Hokies will meet the No. 13 seeded Saint Louis Billikens in the first round of the NCAA Tournament East Region on Friday. The Hokies lost to the Florida State Seminoles in overtime 65-63 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Thursday. Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies in the loss with 21 points. Virginia Tech announced that star guard Justin Robinson would return to play in Friday’s game.
Saint Louis continues to win as the Billikens rallied to defeat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Sunday to win the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship. The Billikens trailed during the first half by as many as 15 points, but rallied for the two-point victory and an automatic berth in the Big Dance.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker leads Virginia Tech in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game. Justin Robinson is the leader in assists with an average of 5.2 per game, while the leading rebounder is Kerry Blackshear Jr. with an average of 7.4 per game. The Hokies are shooting 47.5% from the field and 39.3% from 3-point territory.
Javon Bess is the leading scorer with an average of 15.4 points per game. Hasahn French leads the Billikens in rebounds with an average of 8.4 per game. Tramaine Isabell Jr. is the leader in assists with an average of 3.7 per game. Saint Louis is shooting 41.8% from the field and 31.3% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Virginia Tech is 4-2 ATS in its last 6
The OVER has cashed in 6 of the Hokies last 9
Saint Louis is 6-2 ATS in its last 8
The OVER has cashed in 5 of the Billikens last 8
Free Betting Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies -9.5
Virginia Tech did not reach the ACC final this weekend after losing in the quarterfinals Thursday, but did get a big lift on Sunday by learning star guard Justin Robinson will return to play for the Hokies in the NCAA Tournament The Hokies have covered 4 of the last 6 and will bring an end to the fine play of Saint Louis with a win on Friday. Final Score Prediction, Virginia Tech Hokies win and cover ATS 69-57.