Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Virginia Tech Hokies vs Clemson Tigers

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Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:16 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 7:16 PM GMT

The home team gets a lot of respect where the oddsmakers are concerned as the Clemson Tigers, who have had some problems this season, are a 7 point betting favorite over a very formidable Virginia Tech Hokies team. Can the Hokies pull off the upset?

   Virginia Tech Hokies vs Clemson Tigers

 

5 Straight Losses!

The Clemson Tigers haven't completely taken themselves out of the equation where the NCAA Tournament is concerned, but they need a victory in the worst way and home court advantage usually play's a role in a team's success. Tonight, in my opinion, is a "must win" situation for Clemson. 

Clemson has also been very inconsistent as they've been very competitive in losses to UCLA, Notre Dame, and Virginia, but had recently got their bell rung, 92-60 by Lousiville. Which Tigers team shows up tonight is the question?

 

A 20 Spot From Blossomgame?

The Tigers will look for offensive production from their leader Jaron Blossomgame. Blossomgame has been a consistent 20 point per game scorer up until the Louisville debacle in which he was 4 of 8 for 10 points. Look for Blossomgame to look to take more shots. He's not a legitimate 3-point threat but is a very efficient shooter from the field that makes smart decisions.

As for Virginia Tech, they've also had a tough time in inter-conference play, losing 3 out of their last 5 games. However, they managed to get by a pesky Georgia Tech squad in their last game in a 62-61 victory. Virginia Tech is a team that's beaten Duke this and can't be taken lightly. This isn't a very deep squad, but their starters log a ton of minutes with 6 players playing 27.1 minutes or more per game.

 

Zach LeDay

Expect forward Zach LeDay to lead the way as Ahmed Hill has been a "no-show" in his last 2 games, averaging just 3 points per game. As for LeDay, he's coming off a 17 point effort in a low-scoring game against Georgia Tech and this is a player that's an efficient shooter and possesses great strength on the inside due to his strength and size. This should be a spot in which LeDay has a good game as Clemson is vulnerable.

Clemson has played rather poor as of late and can't seem to buy a win. Virginia Tech is the play here at very favorable odds.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies +6Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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