Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the Pittsburgh Panthers (15-10, 6-8 ACC) head to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies (14-10, 5-8 ACC). The game will air on ACC Network at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
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Both teams fell in their last outing. The Hokies lost to the Boston College Eagles, 77-73, while the Panthers got blown out by the Clemson Tigers, 72-52.
Pittsburgh forced Clemson into a turnover percentage of 21.0 (above their season average of 16.2) while Virginia Tech had a better turnover percentage (12.4 vs. 16.8). Virginia Tech was led by Landers Nolley II, who recorded 29 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Justin Champagnie led the way for Pittsburgh, recording 11 points and six rebounds.
The Hokies won the sole contest between these two teams last season, 70-64. Virginia Tech launched 21 three pointers, making 10 of them (47.6 percent), while Pittsburgh was 6-22 (27.3 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. Virginia Tech currently ranks 308th in possessions per game (66.4) and Pittsburgh is 339th (64.8). Additionally, the Panthers rank 36th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5 percent), while the Hokies rank 32nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.2 percent).
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Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Pittsburgh, ATS Winner – Pittsburgh, O/U – Over
- Virginia Tech ranks 20th in three pointers attempted per game (27.5) while Pittsburgh ranks 262nd (17.8).
- The Hokies rank second in steals allowed per game (4.1) while the Panthers rank 18th (5.0).
- The Hokies rank 38th in assists per game (15.0) while the Panthers rank 164th (12.7).
- Virginia Tech averages 34.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 170th in the country. Pittsburgh ranks 187th in rebounds allowed per game (36.0).
- During their last five games, the Hokies have scored an average of 62.0 points per game (8.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (6.9 above their season average).
- The Panthers have been outscored by an average of 5.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Pittsburgh has defeated opponents by an average of 2.4 points.