The Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) will be at home in Cassell Coliseum when they square off with the USC Upstate Spartans (1-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
USC Upstate Spartans vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Odds Preview
The Spartans lost to the North Carolina Central Eagles in their last contest, 73-64. Bryson Mozone had a solid performance for USC Upstate, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting. North Carolina Central did a great job of making free throws (18-23; 78.3 percent). USC Upstate, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (15.7 vs. 33.3).
The last time the Hokies played, they blew out the Coppin State Eagles, 74-42. Virginia Tech received a boost from Wabissa Bede, who put up three points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. The Hokies had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.533 vs. 0.239) and had a better free throw rate (0.148 vs. 0.113).
The high-powered offense of Virginia Tech will face off against the porous defense of USC Upstate. Since last season, the Hokies rank 20th in offensive efficiency, while the Spartans are 282nd in defensive efficiency. The Hokies figure to have the edge on that end of the court. Furthermore, the Spartans rank 254th in turnover percentage (19.6 percent), while the Hokies rank 47th in opponents’ turnover percentage (21.5 percent).
USC Upstate at Virginia Tech ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – USC Upstate, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Hokies rank 29th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Spartans rank 136th (6.2).
USC Upstate ranks 182nd in blocks per game (2.9) while Virginia Tech ranks 243rd (2.3).
Virginia Tech ranks 12th in rebounds allowed per game (30.8) while USC Upstate ranks 271st (37.5).
The Spartans rank 57th in three pointers attempted per game (25.5) while the Hokies rank 306th in three pointers allowed per game (26.9).
Virginia Tech ranks 50th in assists per game (15.1) while USC Upstate ranks 174th in assists allowed per game (13.3).