On Monday night, the Virginia Tech Hokies will go on the road to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Hokies come in at 15-2 and are ranked 9th in the country. North Carolina comes in at 14-4 and is ranked 13th.
Both Teams Coming Off Of Victories
Virginia Tech is coming off an 87-71 victory over Wake Forest in their last game. Nickeil Walker-Alexander led the team in scoring with 24 points on 7 of 12 shooting and had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The next highest scorer was Ty Outlaw with 14 points. Justin Robinson had 13, Ahmed Hill had 12, and Kerry Blackshear Jr. chipped in 11. Alexander-Walker was the leading rebounder, and Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the next highest with 4. Wabissa Bede led the Hokies in assists with 5.
North Carolina is coming off an 85-76 win over Miami on Saturday. Cameron Johnson was the leading scorer for the Tar Heels with 22 on 8 of 14 shooting. He also had 7 rebounds. Four other Tar Heels scores in double figures. Kenny Williams had 16, Coby White had 15, Luke Maye had 14, and Nassir Little chipped in 12. Maye led the team in rebounds with 9 and was followed closely by Garrison Brooks and Cameron Johnson who both had 7 boards. Coby White led the team in assists with 8, and Kenny Williams had 7.
Alexander-Walker Leads the Hokies
Nickeil Alexander-Walker is the leading scorer for the Hokies as he pours in 18.3 points per game. There are three other Hokies that average double figures. Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the next highest scorer with 13.4 a game and is also the leading rebounder with 5.8 per game. He is followed by Justin Robinson and Ahmed Hill who both average 12.8 a game. Robinson is also the leading assister with 5.4 per contest. Virginia Tech is averaging 78.5 points a game on 50.1% shooting and are holding opponents to just 59.5 points a game.
The Tar Heels are led in scoring by Cameron Johnson, who is averaging 15.9 a game. He is followed by Luke Maye and Coby White who average 14.4 and 14.2 points per game, respectively. Nassir Little is on the edge of double figures with 9.9 points a game. Luke Maye also gets it done on the glass and is averaging 10 boards per game, so he is averaging a double-double. Kenny Williams is the leading assister with 4 a game. The Tar Heels are averaging 87.3 points per game on 46.9% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 73.3 a game.
Virginia Tech Will Keep It Close
North Carolina comes in at -4. Both teams can score some points, but I think defense will be the key in this one. Virginia Tech has been incredible on defense this season while UNC has not been able to stop anyone. I think Virginia Tech will keep this one close and have a chance to win late. Take Virginia Tech +4.
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