West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview for when the Hokies host the Mountaineers in Cassell Coliseum.

    December 29, 2015


    The West Virginia Mountaineers will make the trip to Blacksburg, Va. to visit the Virginia Tech Hokies in Cassell Coliseum. Below is the West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech prediction and game preview.


    West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Wednesday, Dec. 30
    Game Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
    Venue: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
    Network: ESPNU

    Why You Need To Care

    The No. 19 Mountaineers (10-1) are riding their second winning streak of the season, having won their last three games against Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall and Eastern Kentucky.

    West Virginia was 7-0 to start the season before falling to Virginia three weeks ago on a neutral floor.

    Now the Mountaineers will make the short trip to Blacksburg, Va. for their first road game of the season against Virginia Tech.

    
The Hokies (8-4) had won four straight games before losing to St. Joseph’s last week, 79-62. West Virginia is the second ranked team Virginia Tech has faced this season, as the Hokies lost to then No. 4 Iowa State, 99-75, the day after Thanksgiving.

    Why West Virginia Will Win

    The Mountaineers have four players averaging double figures, but Devin Williams is leading the group with 16.1 points on 58.2 percent shooting. Williams also leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game. But he’ll also need to step up defensively, too, in order to stop a Virginia Tech team shooting 49.4 percent from the floor.

    Why Virginia Tech Will Win

    The Hokies need to win the turnover battle on their home floor. West Virginia averages 14 turnovers per game but has forced the most turnovers in the country with 241. If Virginia Tech protects the basketball and forces the Mountaineers into some mistakes, it can take advantage in transition and control the temp. Of course, it also would help if Zach LeDay and Seth Allen each hit double figures. Both are averaging more than 14 points per game.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    West Virginia’s defense is too stout for Virginia Tech to overcome — even with the Hokies having the home-court advantage. The Mountaineers will gather double-digit steals, and Williams will lead the way both offensively and on the glass. LeDay and Allen will each hit double figures, but Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter will force Virginia Tech into some costly turnovers.

    West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Prediction


    Robert Judin:
    West Virginia 73, Virginia Tech 69

    Line: West Virginia -8.5

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