Virginia Tech Peaking at Right Time
Two weeks ago, the outlook of this game would be much different. However, Virginia Tech followed up a strong end to the regular season by surprising the March Madness predictions by winning the program’s first ACC tournament title.
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Texas has been struggling for offensive consistency and has lost its last three games, which impacted the Longhorns’ March Madness odds.
Both teams have mediocre numbers in Quad 1 and Quad 2 games, with Texas going 10-11 and Virginia Tech 9-10.
Texas’ odds to win the national championship are +8000 while Virginia Tech’s odds jumped to +15000.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and March Madness Odds for Virginia Tech vs Texas. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
ACC Champ Virginia Tech Looks to Extend Run
Virginia Tech picked the perfect time to get its offense kicked into high gear.
The Hokies scored at least 80 points just twice in its previous 19 games before dropping 87 in an upset of No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. Two days later, they scored 82 in the conference championship game in a contest where most of the attention was focused on top-seeded Duke trying to win one more ACC title for retiring head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Virginia Tech shot 54 percent in the Notre Dame win and 50 percent against Duke to secure a spot in the March Madness bracket.
Hunter Catoor came into the ACC title game averaging less than 10 points per game, but he lit up the Blue Devils for 31 points after scoring a total of 28 in his previous five games combined. Keve Aluma scored in double figures in all four ACC tournament games and averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds in the tournament.
Virginia Tech has covered against the Las Vegas odds in five of its last seven games.
Texas Struggling at Worst Time
Heading into the NCAA tournament with three losses in a row is not exactly the way it usually gets drawn up, although the first two losses came to Baylor and Kansas. A loss to TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals certainly didn’t help with the Longhorns’ March Madness odds.
Texas has been one of the best defensive teams in the country and that hasn’t changed even as victories became harder to come by. Kansas shot just 31 percent in its win against Texas and Baylor was held to 41 percent. The issue has been the offense, as Texas has failed to score at least 70 points seven times in its last 11 contests. As a result, the Longhorns are 2-4 in the last six games decided by six points or requiring overtime.
Leading scorer Timmy Allen has been a bit inconsistent with three 20-point games over his last nine outings, but he averaged 10.7 points in the other six games.
Texas has played without Tre Mitchell since a mid-February loss to Baylor. The 6-foot-9 forward took a leave of absence. The Longhorns also overcame reserves Jase Febres and Dylan Disu missing a combined eight games.Texas is 0-5-1 against the college basketball spread in its last six games.
Virginia Tech vs Texas Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between Virginia Tech and Texas. The Hokies are 5-6 against teams from the state of Texas.
Texas has gone 1-2 against No. 11 seeds, including a 75-72 loss to Northern Iowa in 2016 as a 3½-point favorite.
Virginia Tech vs Texas Game Information
- Game: Virginia Tech (23-12) vs. Texas (21-11)
- Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
- Day/Time: Friday, 4;30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: TBS.com
- 2022 March Madness Bracket
Virginia Tech vs Texas Betting Lines
Virginia Tech vs Texas Prediction
There are some tough choices in this one. Do those who bet online lean toward the hottest team or the one from the clearly superior conference?
Virginia Tech’s run to the Atlantic Coast Conference title was impressive and left no question that the Hokies would be included in the March Madness bracket by earning an automatic bid. But to be honest, the ACC was less than stellar this season. Texas had to deal with two teams (Kansas and Baylor) in the Big 12 that earned No. 1 seeds and a Texas Tech team that could easily have been given a No. 2 seed. With that said, it is hard to go against the red-hot Hokies.
The total of 123½ is one of the lowest of Friday’s NCAA Tournament games.
Pick:Virginia Tech Hokies +1
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