The Virginia Tech Hokies (15-11, 6-9 ACC) will be at Cameron Indoor Stadium to go head-to-head against the sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils (22-4, 12-3 ACC) in an ACC matchup. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Blue Devils ATS Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last outing. The Blue Devils were blown out by the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 88-66, while the Hokies fell to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 102-95.
Virginia Tech had a turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 13.3) while Duke had a better offensive rebounding percentage (30.8 vs. 35.7). Duke was led by Vernon Carey Jr., who had 27 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Tyrece Radford played well for Virginia Tech, contributing 26 points and 10 rebounds.
In their first matchup this season, Jones led the Blue Devils to a 77-63 victory. He put up 15 points and six rebounds. Making free throws was one of Duke’s biggest advantages. They were 10-10 (100.0 percent), while the Hokies were just 4-6 (66.7 percent).
This contest should be a battle of contrasting tempos. Duke prefers an up-and-down style of play (31st in possessions per game), while Virginia Tech is slower-paced (268th in possessions per game).
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Over
- Duke ranks ninth in three pointers allowed per game (16.3) while Virginia Tech ranks 254th (24.9).
- The Blue Devils rank 20th in assists per game (15.9) while the Hokies rank 147th in assists allowed per game (12.8).
- Duke ranks eighth in blocks per game (5.8) while Virginia Tech ranks 125th (3.0).
- The Hokies rank second in steals allowed per game (4.0) while the Blue Devils rank 197th (7.5).
- Duke ranks 17th in rebounds per game (40.0) while Virginia Tech ranks 211th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
- The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 15.7 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Hokies have scored an average of 71.0 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (11.2 above their season average).