March Madness Expert Picks: Saint Louis vs. Virginia Tech

The final game of the first-round of the NCAA Tournament is an East Region matchup from the SAP
Center in San Jose. The #13 St. Louis Billikens will face the #4 Virginia Tech Hokies as pretty heavy
underdogs.

Our series of March Madness Predictions continues as we take a look at this game in full detail.

Date/Time/TV: Fri. March 22, 9:57 PM EST, truTV

Vegas Odds March Madness

Spread: Virginia Tech Hokies -10.5 (-110)

Total: 126

Game Preview

On Sunday, The Billikens played St. Bonaventure to decide the Atlantic 10. Saint Louis was a 2-
point underdog at tip-off, but they managed to walk off the court with a 55-53 victory. For the year,
the team is 23-12 (16-18-1 ATS) and 10-8 in conference play.

The Hokies finished up at 12-6 in ACC play, which left them four games behind co-leaders North
Carolina and Virginia. In the conference tourney, they fell by two points in OT to Florida State as 1-
point favorites. Overall, Virginia Tech is 24-8 (16-14-1 ATS).

Saint Louis Billikens

Saint Louis opened up Atlantic 10 play with a six-game winning streak, but they followed that up by
losing the next four in a row. The team was up and down from that point before getting hot in the
conference tourney. For the last 10 games, the Billikens are 7-3 (7-3 ATS).

Totals have been Under for four of the last five and skew in that direction on the year at 14-20-1.
Javon Bess is the top scoring option with 15.3 ppg. Tramaine Isabell Jr. adds in 13.8 ppg and 3.7
dimes. In the win over St. Bonaventure, Jordan Goodwin led the way with 16 points.

Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech was a stellar 11-1 in non-conference play. The team’s ACC season was a bit of a
rollercoaster. Highlights include a pair of three-game winning streaks, and the team only dropped
two in a row one time. The Hokies are 6-4 (4-5-1 ATS) over their last 10 outings.

Totals have been Under for the last two and lean towards the middle on the year at 16-14-1. Nickeil
Alexander-Walker is the team’s top scorer with 16.6 ppg. Kerry Blackshear Jr. contributes 14.7 ppg
and 7.4 boards. In the team’s last game, Alexander-Walker was tops with 21 points.

Saint Louis vs. Virginia Tech March Madness Prediction

The Billikens were last in the tournament in 2014. They defeated NC State in OT in the opener, but
fell to Louisville by 15 points the next time out. The Hokies have lost in the first-round for the past
two years. In 2017, it was a 10-point defeat to Wisconsin, followed by an 86-83 loss to Alabama last
year.

Virginia Tech is strong on defense and a solid shooting club. They could do some damage in the
tournament as a result. We’ll take the Hokies minus the points as they advance to round two.

Saint Louis Billikens vs. Virginia Tech Hokies NCAA Tournament Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies –
10.5 (-110)

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Christopher Feery

    A freelance writer by trade and lifelong sports fan, Chris got off the fence and entered the world of sports betting content when his home state of New Jersey finally legalized wagering in the summer of 2018. This quickly became his full-time focus, and he absolutely loves sharing information with loyal readers and subscribers. He subscribes to the theory that numbers don't lie, but he also knows they don't always tell the whole story. Chris likes to keep it simple to avoid paralysis by analysis, but he's not shy about digging deep to find the answers he seeks. A two-time nominee and one-time winner of Fantasy Sports Writers Association year-end awards for football content, Chris will gladly discuss fantasy pigskin all year long, as well as anything else to do with the NFL or CFB. While football tops his list, he also has quite the affinity for other fields of play, priding himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information that provides positive results.

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