Richmond vs Virginia Tech Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/19/24

Virginia Tech (18-14) vs Richmond (23-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Virginia Tech -6 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Richmond Spiders and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Tuesday in the college basketball NIT First Round at the Cassell Coliseum. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Richmond Spiders vs Virginia Tech Hokies prediction.

Richmond vs Virginia Tech Odds

Virginia Tech is a -5.5 point favorite and a -230 favorite on the ML. The over / under is set at 143.5 points. Virginia Tech is now favored for a fifth straight game. Richmond is an underdog for the second time in three games.

Richmond vs Virginia Tech Injuries

Jason Roche remains out for the season for Richmond with a knee injury. Mekhi Long has been out since January for Virginia Tech with a knee injury.

Richmond vs Virginia Tech Recent Meeting

Virginia Tech and Richmond last played in January 2009, a game the Hokies won 62-48. That was a game where Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and J.T. Thompson scored double-digit points for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech Hokies Team Facts

  • Virginia Tech has won each of its last 20 games against non-Conference opponents at Cassell Coliseum.
  • Each of Virginia Tech's last six games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 134 or fewer points.
  • Virginia Tech has won the first half in each of its last 20 games against non-Conference opponents at Cassell Coliseum.

Richmond Spiders Team Facts

  • Richmond has won 13 of its last 14 night games.
  • Four of Richmond's last five night games against the Atlantic Coast Conference have produced a total of 142+ points.
  • Richmond has won the first half in each of its last four night games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Virginia Tech ranks 6th among Division 1 teams for free throw percentage this season (79.2%).
  • Virginia Tech ranks 29th among Division 1 teams for opponent rebounds per game this season (31.7).
  • Richmond ranks T4th among Division 1 teams for turnovers per game this season (8.7).
  • Richmond ranks T6th among Division 1 teams for opponent steals per game this season (4.7).

Richmond vs Virginia Tech Prediction

The Virginia Tech Hokies are the more talented team on paper, and they're going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, where they're 14-2 SU. However, you have to question how motivated Virginia Tech is and Richmond is a well-balanced team that gets after it defensively and could steal this contest. The Richmond Spiders are also 21-10-1 ATS on the season. With a cover percentage of 70 percent, Richmond was a top-8 cover team in college basketball. I'm going to take my chances with the Spiders and the free points.

Randy’s Pick Richmond +6

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