We could be in for a dramatic finish today when the Virginia Tech Hokies (23-7) face the Florida State Seminoles (25-6) at Spectrum Center in ACC tournament action. Virginia Tech was a short 1-point favorite when the odds first opened, while the total started at 135. The game tips off at 2:30 pm ET.
The Hokies bring a strong offense to Florida State; they come into today’s game scoring 74 PPG, which ranks number 129 in the nation, and shoot 45-percent from the field and 40-percent from three (5th). On a per-possession basis, they are 9th in Division I in offensive rating.
The defense isn’t quite on that level, sitting 53rd in defensive rating and surrendering 62 points per game (12th in the nation). For the year, opponents are shooting 41-percent shooting. There’s a pretty simple recipe for the team to become championship caliber: up the effort a little on D.
Offensively, they have been led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who’s pouring in a team-best 17 points per game. Kerry Blackshear Jr. leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7 boards per game.
As a unit, the Hokies struggle on the boards, averaging 30 rebounds a game, 315th in the nation. They need to shoot well to win since they don’t get a lot of second chances.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 71-56 win over Miami-Florida. Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the way in that game with 19 points, making up for a somewhat quiet night from Alexander-Walker (12 points).
The Hokies will be facing a pretty solid offense today in the form of Florida State. The Seminoles are currently 93rd in offensive rating and are averaging 76 points per contest (99th).
The Seminoles pair their half-decent offense with an above-average defense. They are currently sitting 36th in defensive rating and concede 67 points per game (65th). Basically, they’re good at both ends, but not great at either.
Mfiondu Kabengele is the leader at the offensive end, scoring 13 PPG, while Terance Mann leads the Seminoles on the boards, pulling in 6 RPG.
Collectively, Florida State is better than Virginia Tech on the glass and pretty strong generally, averaging 35 RPG, which ranks 58th overall.
The Seminoles are coming off a W last time out, beating Wake Forest 65-57. Trent Forrest led the team in scoring, dropping 11 points in the win.
The win helped the Seminoles climb to 4th in the ACC, while the Hokies wound up in 5th even after edging Miami-Florida. The winner will like face top-seed Virginia in the next round.
The visitors have performed better against the number this season. Virginia Tech is 16-13-1 ATS, to date, while Florida State is only 14-16-1 ATS. Will the Seminoles reverse that trend on their home court? The Seminoles do have a sparkling 15-1 straight up record at Spectrum Center.
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