Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State Betting Preview

Friday, November 22, 2013 12:36 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:36 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left;"></span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Moving the basketball</b></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/tom-izzo.jpg" style="font-size:1em;" />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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Stay on top of the <a href="/betting-odds/" title="Live Odds" target="_blank">betting odds</a> right here~</p> <p><b>Heading out on the road</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>A new mentality</b></p> <p><a href="/ncaa-basketball/" title="College Basketball Picks" target="_blank">College basketball handicappers</a> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Facing the No. 1 team</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Virginia Tech hasn’t defeated a nationally-ranked team on a neutral court since Dec. 28, 1995.</p> <p> </p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":250291, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Spartans for their <a href="/" title="free picks" target="_blank">sports picks</a>, as they’ve gone 14-1 SU and 10-4-1 ATS after scoring 80 or more points over the last two-plus seasons.</p> <p><strong>College Basketball Pick: </strong><a href=";book=willhillinarticle" title="Will Hill" target="_blank">Michigan State Spartans -15</a></p>
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