Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech March Madness Picks Experts

Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech March Madness Picks Experts

 

Odds

Time 9:00 p.m. EST
Hokies money line +205
Hokies spread +5 (-110)
Bearcats money line -225
Bearcats spread -5 (-110)
Over / under 150.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Virginia Tech Hokies Cincinnati Bearcats
Record 19-14 21-12
Road/Home record 2-8 15-3
Streak L1 L1
Points per game 74.00 77.00
Points allowed per game 69.00 69.00
Rebounds per game 35.00 35.00
Rebounds allowed per game 31.00 32.00
Over / under record 19-14 16-15-1
 

Preview

The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is underway and we have an exciting matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Bearcats finished the regular season with a 21-12 record while the Hokies finished with a 19-14 record. Both teams will be looking to make a statement in this first-round matchup. The game is scheduled to take place on March 15th at 6:00 PM at the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH. In this article, we will provide an in-depth preview of both teams, including their recent form, key players, and strengths and weaknesses. We will also make a final prediction on the outcome of the game.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Virginia Tech Hokies had a rollercoaster season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with some ups and downs that ultimately landed them in the eighth position in the conference. The Hokies' defensive game is one of their strengths, as they allow just 69.3 points per game. On the offensive end, they average 71.7 points per game. One player to keep an eye on is guard Hunter Cattoor, who leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game. Forward Justyn Mutts is another key contributor for the Hokies, averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Guard Storm Murphy also plays an important role, averaging 10.2 points and 2.5 assists per game.

The Hokies' biggest weakness this season has been their inconsistency on the road, where they have a 4-11 record. They have struggled to maintain their performance on the road and have lost their last five road games by an average margin of 13.4 points per game. Their struggle to perform away from home could be a major factor in their game against Cincinnati, who are known for their dominant home record.

Despite their struggles on the road, the Hokies have the potential to pose a threat to Cincinnati, especially with their strong defense. However, they will need to step up their game on the offensive end if they hope to defeat the Bearcats. The Hokies' biggest challenge will be breaking through Cincinnati's tough defense, which has allowed just 62.2 points per game this season.

 

Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats had a solid season in the American Athletic Conference, finishing fourth in the conference with a record of 21-12. Head coach Wes Miller has done a great job in his first season with the Bearcats, as he has taken a team that finished eighth in the conference last year and led them to the postseason. The Bearcats are known for their stingy defense, which has been their hallmark for many years. They allowed just 62.2 points per game this season, which is good for 15th in the country. They also held opponents to just 39.3% shooting from the field, which is 10th in the country.

Offensively, the Bearcats average 76.7 points per game, which is 71st in the country. They are led by guard Jeremiah Davenport, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Davenport is a versatile player who can score from anywhere on the court. He is shooting 46.6% from the field and 40.8% from beyond the arc. He is supported by forward Viktor Lakhin, who is averaging 11.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Lakhin is a tough player who does the dirty work for the Bearcats. He is shooting 49.3% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc. Guard David DeJulius is another player to watch, as he is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 assists per game. DeJulius is a playmaker who can get his teammates involved.

The Bearcats have been dominant at home this season, with a 14-4 record at Fifth Third Arena. They have won their last four games at home by an average margin of 16.3 points per game. The Bearcats are also 21-11 against the spread this season, indicating that they are a team that covers the spread. They are a well-coached team that plays hard on both ends of the court. They are disciplined on defense and patient on offense. They take good shots and move the ball well. They are a team that can beat anyone on any given night.

The Bearcats have had some big wins this season, including a win over Houston, who is a number two seed in the NCAA Tournament. They also beat SMU by 23 points and Temple by 30 points. They have played some tough teams close, including a three-point loss to Memphis and a four-point loss to Wichita State. The Bearcats have shown that they can compete with anyone.

In order for the Bearcats to win this game, they will need to continue to play solid defense and get good production from their key players. They will also need to take care of the ball and limit turnovers. They cannot afford to give Virginia Tech easy points off turnovers. They will need to be patient on offense and take good shots. They cannot afford to take bad shots and give Virginia Tech easy transition opportunities. The Bearcats will need to play a complete game in order to advance in the NIT.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Virginia Tech are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Virginia Tech's last 14 games.

Virginia Tech are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road.

Virginia Tech are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games played in March.

Cincinnati are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 9 games.

Cincinnati are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.

Cincinnati are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

Based on the statistics, the Bearcats have a clear advantage in this matchup. They have a better record, a better offense, and are playing at home where they have been dominant this season. The Bearcats are also a team that covers the spread, which is important in this matchup where they are favored by five points.

The Hokies have struggled on the road this season and have lost their last five road games. They will have to play their best basketball to keep up with the Bearcats. The Hokies will need a strong defensive performance to slow down the Bearcats' offense, which has been solid this season.

In the end, we predict that the Cincinnati Bearcats will win this game and cover the -5 point spread. The Bearcats have a clear advantage in this matchup and should be able to use their home court advantage to secure the victory. 

 

PICK: Cincinnati -5 (-110)

 

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