The Hokies and Panthers are set to face off at 5:30 ET on CW. The Panthers will host the game at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142.5 points, and Pittsburgh is favored by -3.5 to win at home against Virginia Tech.

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES VS PITTSBURGH PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5

This game will be played at Petersen Events Center at 5:30 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Pittsburgh pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Does Virginia Tech Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Virginia Tech will be the underdog in this game, as they have gone 3-7 in their 10 games as the underdog this season. They come into this game with an overall record of 15-11, including a 7-8 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

On the road, the Hokies have struggled, going just 1-8 this season. Their average scoring margin on the road is -8.7 points per game, and they have lost their last three games away from home.

Virginia Tech’s ATS record this season is 11-13-2, including a 1-8 mark on the road. As the underdog, the Hokies are just 3-7 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Virginia Tech has gone 3-7 and they are 0-3 ATS in their last 3 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Virginia Tech’s games this season (143.2). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 149 points. On the season, their over/under record is 13-13.

The Virginia Tech offense is coming off a game where they scored 75 points against Virginia. They posted a field goal percentage of 50.9% and connected on 8 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Sean Pedulla who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.2. Hunter Cattoor also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.

The Hokies’ defense is presently ranked 108th nationally, allowing an average of 69.6 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Virginia Tech’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.1% this season.

Can the Panthers Grab a Win at Home?

After losing their last game to Wake Forest by a score of 91-58, Pittsburgh comes into this game with a record of 17-9. At home, the Panthers have gone 10-5 this season, and they are 14-3 when favored.

So far this year, Pittsburgh has gone 8-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and they have a scoring differential of +12.5 points per game at home. Over their last three games, the Panthers have gone 3-0.

As the favorite, Pittsburgh has a strong ATS record of 12-4-1 this season. In their last three home games, the Panthers are 3-0 ATS and they have gone 4-4-1 ATS at home this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Pittsburgh’s games this season (145.3). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.

Pittsburgh offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 58 points against Wake Forest. In that game, they made 9/33 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 29%. The team’s top scorer is Blake Hinson, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.8, while Carlton Carrington also carries a PPG average of 12.9 into the game.

Pittsburgh’s defense has been playing well, ranking 59th nationally, with 67.2 points allowed per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.7 threes per game vs. Virginia Tech. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.7%.