College Basketball Picks: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Michigan State Spartans

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Michigan State Spartans
Friday, 11/22/13, 9:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan State -15
Current Betting Line:  Michigan State -15
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Michigan State Spartans are taking great care of the basketball this season

The Michigan State Spartans are taking great care of the basketball this season

Virginia Tech has won three games in a row, including a 105-92 victory over VMI Monday—the most points scored for the program in a regular season games since 1994.  The Hokies are 19-14 SU all-time against schools currently in the Big Ten Conference, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Friday night.  The program has also won four of 11 games when going against the top-ranked team in the land.  Virginia Tech is 4-5 SU and 3-5-1 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons.

The Hokies are led offensively by Jarell Eddie, who is averaging 16.5 points per game, while it expects big things from junior forward C.J. Barksdale, who had 16 points in his debut after serving a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules.

Michigan State takes its top ranking on the road as it travels to Brooklyn to play in the Barclays Center for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, as it has opened up the year with four consecutive victories.  The Spartans have three players averaging double figures, with senior forward Adreian Payne leading the way.  He is scoring 17.5 points and grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game.  Senior point guard Keith Appling is important to handicap in this matchup, as he’s averaging 6.3 assists per game and has connected on 8-of-13 shots from beyond the arc.  Michigan State is 8-1 SU and 0-8-1 ATS in its last nine opportunities as a neutral court favorite of 12.5 to 15 points.

The Spartans lead the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Michigan State has 86 assists on 121 made field goals, which equates to 71.1 percent of its baskets.  The team also leads the conference in connecting on 76.9 percent of its free throws.  This is the first ever meeting between these two programs.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to the Hokies being 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine neutral site games.

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