Virginia Tech vs Xavier 11/26/21 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

The Xavier Musketeers and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Friday in college basketball action at the Barclays Center. The Xavier Musketeers look to build on their 4-1 record. The Virginia Tech Hokies look for a win to get off to a 6-1 start.

The Xavier Musketeers are averaging 73 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 62.8 points on 38 percent shooting. Paul Scruggs is averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Jack Nunge is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Colby Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Adam Kunkel is dishing 2.5 assists. The Xavier Musketeers are shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Xavier Musketeers are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 73.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 51.7 points on 35.2 percent shooting. Keve Aluma is averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Nahiem Alleyne is averaging 12.3 points and 2.8 assists. Storm Murphy is grabbing 2 rebounds and Justyn Mutts is dishing 3.2 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 18.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game.

The Musketeers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Hokies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Musketeers last 5 neutral site games. The under is 4-1-1 in Hokies last 6 overall.

The Xavier Musketeers are always worth a look in the underdog role, and they have some sold offensive depth that gives them a fighting chance here. However, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been easily the better team through six games, and while their offense gets a lot of the attention, their defense has been really impressive. Virginia Tech will be a team worth watching yet again in the ACC. I’ll lay the bucket.

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