Game Time: 4:00 pm ET, Sunday, December 3, 2023
Venue: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
Where to Watch: ACC Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Louisville +12.5, VA Tech -12.5; Over/Under: 149.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Louisville +12.5, VA Tech -12.5; Over/Under: 149.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Louisville +12.5, VA Tech -12.5; Over/Under: 149.5 points
Louisville Cardinals: 4-3 (0-0) (14th place, ACC)
Virginia Tech Hokies: 5-3 (0-0) (11th place, ACC)
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Louisville Cardinals: 3-2 last 5
Virginia Tech Hokies: 3-2 last 5
Louisville Cardinals vs Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Analysis
Louisville is entering this game with a 4-3 record overall and they are 0-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming off a win against the Bellarmine Knights in their last game. Skyy Clark led the team in points per game in that game with 21 while Tre White was next on the team with 14. Ty-Laur Johnson led the team in assists with 5 in that game while Brandon Huntley-Hatfield led the team in rebounds with 10. They were 43.1% from the field, 29.2% from 3-point range, and 72.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 76.4 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 PPG against them. Louisville has an ATS record of 3-4 this season and their O/U record is 5-2.
Virginia Tech is entering this game with a 5-3 record overall and they are 3-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming off a loss against the Auburn Tigers in their last game. Hunter Cattoor led the team in points in that game with 16 while Jaydon Young and John Camden each were next on the team with 9. Brandon Rechsteiner led the team in assists with 2 in that game while Lynn Kidd and Mekhi Long each led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 27.5% from the field, 30% from 3-point range, and 74.2% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 74.4 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 PPG against them. Virginia Tech has an ATS record of 4-4 this season and their O/U record is 4-4.
Louisville vs Virginia Tech Prediction
The current betting odds have Louisville listed as a 12.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Louisville is 4-3 overall this year and they have looked a lot better in their games than they did last season. Kenny Payne is in his 2nd season as head coach but he has already made progress this year with their start and they will be looking to play a competitive game here in their 1st conference game of the season. Virginia Tech has looked good this season with their 5-3 record overall and they are also 3-0 in their home games, but lately they haven't looked as good in their games. They did get off to a hot start this season but they haven't been as good lately with most of their losses coming in their last few games. Virginia Tech will be looking to bounce back on their home court in this 1st conference game of the season but this is too many points for the way they have been playing lately. Louisville is much improved this season and even if they lose this road game, they will bring their best effort for this conference game and keep it close enough. The best way to place a bet here is on Louisville to cover the spread in this game.
Louisville Virginia Tech Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Sunday, December 3, 2023 (4:00 pm ET start time) is VA Tech 73 Louisville 67.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Louisville Cardinals: 6-16 ATS after playing a game as favorite. 1-5 ATS after a win by 6 points or less. 11-5 UNDER after 3 consecutive non-conference games. 10-4 UNDER after 2 or more consecutive overs.
Virginia Tech Hokies: 22-13 ATS in all home games. 31-23 UNDER after 3 or more consecutive unders. 7-4 UNDER after 2 straight losses by 15 points or more.
Louisville Cardinals: None.
Virginia Tech Hokies: M. Collins Jr. (G) Prob Sun - Knee.
“First of all, I’m proud of our guys. The way they defended in spurts in that game was really good, the discipline that they had to stay down on shot fakes. The first half we shot a lot of jump shots. I think we had 20 points in the second half in the paint, shot 55 percent. We knocked down a couple of 3s, but we played the way we needed to play to win the game.” - Kenny Payne after his team’s win against Bellarmine in their last game.
“We fouled, I don’t know, three or four and it’s like the cardinal sin in our program – you cannot foul a perimeter shooter. You can’t do it. Well, (Tyler) Nickel fouled two perimeter shooters on two possessions in the first half. You can’t do it. That’s a dumb foul. Contest without fouling.” - Mike Young after his team’s loss against Auburn in their last game.
Virginia Tech Hokies
PPG: S. Clark (17.4)
APG: T. Johnson (3.7)
Reb/G: B. Huntley-Hatfield (9)
Virginia Tech Hokies
PPG: H. Cattoor (14.9)
APG: S. Pedulla (4.6)
Reb/G: L. Kidd (7.9)
Louisville Cardinals: Kenny Payne (2nd season)
Virginia Tech Hokies: Mike Young (5th season)