The Eagles and Hokies are set to face off at 5:00 ET on ACC. The Hokies will host the game at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA. The over/under for this game is set at 141.5 points, and the Hokies are the home favorites against the Eagles in a non-conference matchup.

AMERICAN EAGLES VS VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: American Eagles +18.5

This game will be played at Cassell Coliseum at 5:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE AMERICAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Hokies.
  • Even though we have Virginia Tech winning straight-up, we like American at +18.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog American?

After eleven games, American has a 5-6 record for the season. So far, they have played six games on the road and have a 1-5 record, while they are 3-1 at home. As of today's game, American has a 5-5 record against the spread. When playing away, the Eagles are 3-3 vs. the spread, while at home they are 2-2 ATS.

In 11 games, American comes in with an over/under mark of 6-4-0, with their games averaging 145.5 points per game. The Eagles have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 138 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the American offense tallied 77 points in a matchup against VMI. Their field goal percentage for the game was 53.1%, and they made 8 threes. Leading American in scoring vs. VMI was Matt Rogers with his 19 points. Elijah Stephens also added 18 points for the Eagles.

At present, the Eagles' defense is nationally ranked 229th, allowing 75.3 points per game. Against VMI in their most recent game, the American defense gave up a total of 69 points while allowing VMI to hit 39% of their shots.

Does Virginia Tech Stand a Chance at Home?

In their most recent game, Virginia Tech lost to Auburn by a score of 74-57, bringing their overall record to 8-3. Looking back at their previous ten home games, which includes last year, Virginia Tech has a record of 9-1. Virginia Tech's performance against the spread stands at 4-4 heading into today's game. In their last five games, they are 1-3-1 vs. the spread.

After 11 games, Virginia Tech has an over/under record of 4-4-0, with their games averaging a combined 143 points per game so far. The Hokies' last five games have finished with a combined 130 points per game and an over/under record of 0-5.

Most recently, the Virginia Tech offense finished with just 57 points vs. Auburn. For the game, they hit 6/20 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 27.5%. Leading the team in scoring was Hunter Cattoor with 16 points. John Camden also added 9 points for the Hokies.

This season, the Virginia Tech defense has been impressive, holding the 58th position in the country while permitting an average of 65.3 points per contest. Virginia Tech's three-point defense is currently 87th in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.4% of their shots vs. Virginia Tech.