Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State Betting Preview

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 22, 2013 12:36 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball betting lines for this non-conference matchup at the Barclays Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on truTV.

The Michigan State Spartans will be able to score at will against the Virginia Tech Hokies Friday, as the two teams prepare to meet in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Moving the basketball

Michigan State is recording an assist on 71.1 percent of its baskets, which has led to a 4-0 record to start the season, including an 82-67 victory over Portland as 23-point home favorites Monday.

The Spartans have three players averaging in double figures, with senior point guard Keith Appling being the catalyst, as he matched a career high with 25 points last time out.

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Heading out on the road

Virginia Tech will leave its campus for the first time this season, as it has put together a three-game winning streak, including a 105-92 victory over VMI Monday—the most points the program has scored in a regular season game since 1994.

Senior forward Jarell Eddie leads the team in scoring this season at 16.5 points per game, while junior forward C.J. Barksdale contributed 16 points in his first game since serving a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules.

A new mentality

College basketball handicappers are certainly aware that the Spartans have been known for their defense and rebounding under longtime head coach Tom Izzo, but I believe they’ll be more offensive-minded with their roster during the 2013-14 campaign.

Michigan State is averaging 21.0 points per game in transition, while they lead the Big Ten Conference in shooting 76.9 percent from the charity stripe.

Facing the No. 1 team 

The Hokies have compiled a 4-7 SU record against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, but have dropped all three opportunities when playing on a neutral court in that situation.

Virginia Tech hasn’t defeated a nationally-ranked team on a neutral court since Dec. 28, 1995.

 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Spartans for their sports picks, as they’ve gone 14-1 SU and 10-4-1 ATS after scoring 80 or more points over the last two-plus seasons.

College Basketball Pick: Michigan State Spartans -15