Virginia Tech at Texas - 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Virginia Tech at Texas - 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns (21-11) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (23-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:30 pm (Fiserv Forum)

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The Texas Longhorns will play the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

The Texas Longhorns are 21-11 (10-8) this season and have lost three games in a row. Texas is coming off of a loss against TCU by a score of 65-60 in the Quarterfinal of the Big 12 Tournament. Texas shot 40.7% from the field and was -7 in rebounding margin in the loss. Timmy Allen led the Longhorns with 16 points and 9 rebounds in the game. Texas is averaging 68.3 points per game and is giving up 59.6 points per game against, while also averaging 33.6 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game. Timmy Allen is averaging 12.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Marcus Carr is averaging 10.9 points per game and 3.2 assists per game for the Longhorns. Texas is shooting 44.2% on field goals, 74.9% on free throws, and 32.3% on three pointers.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are 23-12 (11-9) this season and have won seven of their last eight games. Virginia Tech defeated Duke by a score of 82-67 in the ACC Tournament Final. Virginia Tech shot 50% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the win. Hunter Cattoor led the Hokies with 31 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Virginia Tech is averaging 70.7 points per game and is giving up 62.3 points per game against, while also averaging 32.2 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game. Keve Aluma is averaging 15.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Justyn Mutts is averaging 10.1 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Hokies. Virginia Tech is shooting 47.1% on field goals, 74.3% on free throws, and 39.3% on three pointers.

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Virginia Tech is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 4-1 in Virginia Tech’s last 5 neutral site games. Texas is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite. The under is 7-2 in Texas’ last 9 Friday games.

Virginia Tech comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the tournament and will have plenty of confidence after winning the ACC Tournament. Texas has lost three games in a row, but typically plays good defense. I like Virginia Tech to win this matchup, but I like the over even more. Virginia Tech is red hot on offense and I think the over/under is set too low.

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