The Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (3-7) look to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Virginia Tech when they head to Cassell Coliseum to square off with the Hokies (8-1). Action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview
The last time the Hawks played, they got blown out by the Liberty Flames, 71-49. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Logan McIntosh had a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Liberty had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 17.0). Maryland Eastern Shore, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 27.2).
The Hokies come in on a high note after dismantling the Radford Highlanders in their last outing, 95-68. With 20 points on 4-for-6 shooting, Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the games leading scorer. Virginia Tech dominated every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.500 (above their season average of 0.400) and a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 16.8). For those same stats, Radford was 0.309 and 16.9, respectively.
Virginia Tech could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense goes up against one of the NCAA’s worst defenses. The Hokies rank 26th in offensive efficiency, while Maryland Eastern Shore ranks 351st in defensive efficiency since the 2016-17 season. Also, the Hawks, who rank 278th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.223), could struggle to get to the line against the Hokies, who rank 53rd in opponents FTA rate (0.198).
The Hokies won the only contest against the Hawks last season, 75-59. The Hokies played a nearly perfect game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.263 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.4. For those same stats, the Hawks recorded marks of 0.059 and 14.8, respectively.
Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Hawks rank 204th in steals per game (5.5) while the Hokies rank 227th (4.4).
- Virginia Tech ranks 44th in assists per game (16.1) while Maryland Eastern Shore ranks 257th (12.6).
- The Hokies rank 121st in rebounds allowed per game (34.5) while the Hawks rank 284th (39.3).
- Virginia Tech ranks 144th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while Maryland Eastern Shore ranks 219th in three pointers allowed per game (22.4).