Memphis at Virginia Tech: 11/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Memphis at Virginia Tech: 11/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech Hokies (5-0) vs Memphis Tigers (4-0)

Game Info: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Barclays Center)

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The 9th ranked Memphis Tigers & Virginia Tech Hokies will square off this Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in the Upsie NIT Season Tip-Off.

The 9th ranked Memphis Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 74-62, this past Friday. Memphis did a great job on the boards against Western Kentucky and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 62-51 lead with 9:34 left in the 2nd half. Memphis shot 46.7% from the field & 12.5% from beyond the arc while allowing Western Kentucky to shoot 39.3% from the field & 34.6% from beyond the arc. Memphis lost the turnover battle by a 26-25 margin, however, outrebounded the Hilltoppers by a 44-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jalen Duren who had a double-double with 22 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 blocks, & 2 steals.

On the season, Memphis is averaging 85.8 ppg on 52.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Jalen Duren (15.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 4.8 bpg), Emoni Bates (13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg), DeAndre Williams (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg), & Lester Quinones (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 spg).

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Defensively, Memphis is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg on 33.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Merrimack Warriors, 72-43, this past Sunday. Virginia Tech was outstanding offensively against Merrimack and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 34-18 lead. Virginia Tech shot 55.1% from the field & 47.8% shooting from the field while holding Merrimack to 38.8% shooting from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc. Virginia Tech won the turnover battle by a 15-12 margin and outrebounded Merrimack by a 32-22 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hokies was Nahiem Alleyne who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 85.8 ppg on 52.6% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Keve Aluma (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 bpg), Storm Murphy (10.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Nahiem Alleyne (10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg), & Justyn Mutts (10.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 48.2 ppg on 34.3% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

The Tigers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Hokies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall & 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.

I’m looking forward to this game as I think Virginia Tech is going to make a statement that they should be in the top-25 with a win in this one. Memphis has some great talent, however, this is a team that has struggled with turnovers to start the season and I think is going to have a difficult time putting up the offensive production that we’ve seen so far this season against a Virginia Tech defense that ranks 16th in defensive FG%. Virginia Tech has done a solid job offensively this season as they currently rank 26th in FG% & t-15th in 3P-FG%, and as I think the Hokies are for real, I think Virginia Tech wins this one outright. Take Virginia Tech on the M/L.

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Brett’s Pick Virginia Tech Hokies - M/L

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