Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview for when the Hokies will take on the Cyclones in the Emerald Coast Classic.

    September 26, 2016

    The No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Niceville, Fla. to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Emerald Coast Classic. Below is the Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview.

    Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Friday, Nov. 27
    Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
    Venue: The Arena at Northwest FL St, Niceville, Fla.
    Network: CBSSN

    Why You Need To Care

    Iowa State is the No.4-ranked team in the country. It’s 3-0 after taking down Colorado, Chicago State and Chattanooga, but the Cyclones will get their first real test of the season when they go up against the Hokies.

    Virginia Tech is 3-1 with its only loss coming against Alabama State to start the season. Since then, the Hokies have ripped off three straight wins against Jacksonville State, Virginia Military Institute and North Carolina A&T.

    The Cyclones are averaging 85.7 points per game while only giving up 63 points per game. On the other hand, Virginia Tech is scoring 79.8 points per game and allowing 64.8 points per game.

    Iowa State could be in for a bit of a surprise with this one.

    Why Iowa State Will Win

    The Cyclones do a really, really good job of keeping the opposition off of the free throw line. They’ve given up the least free throw attempts in the country (33). At the same time, Iowa State takes a lot of smart shots. Of the 200 field goals taken, the Cyclones have hit 51.5 percent of them, and only 64 of those shots were from three-point range (37.5 percent).

    Why Virginia Tech Will Win

    For the Hokies, they have to force some turnovers. Iowa State has only turned the ball over 40 times this season compared to Virginia Tech’s 60. Buzz Williams’ team needs to take some chances and pick more pockets than the 16 steals it’s collected so far. And shooting 28.3 percent from three just won’t get it done against Iowa State.

    Players Who Matter

    The Cyclones have five guys scoring double-digit points, but Nazareth Mitrou-Long is leading the charge with 17 points per game on 55.9 percent shooting. His 42.9 percent three-point shooting may have a big impact on this game. Senior forward Jameel McKay will have to contribute some scoring (13.7 ppg), too, but he’ll need to maintain his average of 12.7 rebounds per game to make the biggest difference.

    Junior forward Zach LeDay has to continue to be the man for Virginia Tech. He’s averaging 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Hokies — both lead the team. He’ll need help from Seth Allen, who’s averaging 11 points per game. Allen’s averaging 4.5 three-point attempts, but he’s only hitting 27.8 percent of them.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    There have already been a few upsets this week, but this won’t be added to the list. Iowa State just has too many guys who can deliver the ball through the nylon. Virginia Tech will get beaten on the boards, and the Cyclones offense will be efficient all night to improve to 4-0.

    Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Iowa State 89, Virginia Tech 78

    Jordan Cornette:
     Iowa State 90, Virginia Tech 76

    Line: Iowa State -14, o/u: 150.5

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