The North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-7) look to snap their six-game road losing streak when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2), who will try to lengthen their eight-game home winning streak. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 28, 2017.
North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview
In the Aggies last matchup, they lost to the Radford Highlanders, 66-60. With 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting, Femi Olujobi was the top scorer from either team. Radford’s 0.185 free throw rate was their biggest strength over North Carolina A&T, who had a mark of 0.125. The Highlanders mark was above their season average of 0.177, while the Aggies was below their season average of 0.295.
The Hokies will look to keep it rolling after beating the Presbyterian Blue Hose in their last matchup, 63-55. Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. was a key piece with 10 points and seven rebounds. Virginia Tech dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.148 (below their season average of 0.364) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.3 (below their season average of 27.9). For those same stats, Presbyterian put up marks of 0.068 and 11.1, respectively.
The elite offense of Virginia Tech (first in the NCAA with an effective field goal percentage 0.634) will go head-to-head against the bottom-tier defense of North Carolina A&T (255th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.522). The Hokies should have the edge on that end of the court.
North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Under
- Virginia Tech ranks sixth in assists per game (19.3) while North Carolina A&T ranks 129th in assists allowed per game (13.5).
- The Hokies rank 49th in rebounds allowed per game (32.3) while the Aggies rank 131st (34.9).
- North Carolina A&T ranks 50th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Virginia Tech ranks 65th (5.8).
- The Hokies average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.8, down from 21.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Aggies have scored an average of 64.0 points per game (12.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 75.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average).