The Virginia Tech Hokies (5-0) battle against the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (3-1) in the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. The game starts at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, November 25, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Prediction
The Hokies will be looking for similar success after blowing out the Delaware State Hornets in their last outing, 100-64. The Hokies had a free throw rate of 0.145 (above their season average of 0.129) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1 (above their season average of 24.1). Isaiah Wilkins fueled Virginia Tech with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
In the Spartans’ previous matchup, they dismantled the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 94-46. The Spartans made 18 of their 25 free throws (72.0 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 48.4 (above their season average of 33.9). Xavier Tillman was the game’s high scorer with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field.
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the productive offense of Michigan State takes on the top-notch defense of Virginia Tech. Dating back to last season, the Spartans rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while the Hokies are 18th in defensive efficiency.
Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Virginia Tech
Michigan State ranks eighth in rebounds per game (40.7) while Virginia Tech ranks 262nd (33.6).
The Spartans rank eighth in blocks per game (5.2) while the Hokies rank 229th (2.4).
Virginia Tech averages 24.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 70th in the NCAA. Michigan State ranks 201st in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
The Hokies rank 120th in steals per game (6.6) while the Spartans rank 245th (5.3).
Michigan State ranks second in assists per game (18.6) while Virginia Tech ranks 77th in assists allowed per game (12.0).