CBB Betting – Virginia Tech Hokies to handle the Kansas State Wildcats at home on Sunday
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Expect the Virginia Tech Hokies to handle the Kansas State Wildcats on the CBB betting odds when you log on to Bookmaker Sportsbook. For the best lines in the market on this game, join the world’s top ranked sportsbook.
Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-3-1 ATS) may have two losses already while Kansas State (3-0, 0-1 ATS) is perfect through three games, but the Hokies have stood up to a tougher schedule, so look for the more battle-tested team to cover the CBB betting spread at home Sunday, December 4th from Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA at 5:30 ET on ESPNU.
The Hokies have beaten an Oklahoma State team that is ranked 53rd on the Pomeroy Ratings on a neutral court, and their two losses have come to fourth ranked Syracuse at a neutral site and to 49th ranked Minnesota on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, a game they lost by just three points, gaining a push on the CBB betting lines.
Meanwhile, Kansas State as yet to face a team ranked higher than 198th, resulting in the Wildcats ranking 343rd in the country in Strength of Schedule, and they are now facing the 41st ranked Hokies while playing their first road game of the season, which seems like a tall order.
The Hokies like to slow games down to a crawl, as they rank 302nd in tempo rating at 64.4 possessions per game, while Kansas State prefers to play a bit more up-tempo, but we think that Virginia Tech will be the team controlling the pace of this game at home. Even with those fewer possessions, the Hokies ranks a good 57th in offensive efficiency, so they do not have many lost possessions when taking on the CBB betting odds.
They are also an excellent three-point shooting team at 41.2 percent and a good offensive rebounding team that ranks 70th in the land in offensive rebounding percentage, a combination that results in the Hokies scoring in one form or another on a high percentage of their possessions, which is important considering the deliberate pace they play at.
Now the Wildcats look good on paper in the early going from a Pomeroy perspective, but it is difficult if not impossible to gauge the reliability of those numbers after just three games that all basically amounted to scrimmages. Kansas State did not cover its only lined game in CBB betting, beating Loyola Chicago at home by 13 points as 14½-point favorites, and the Cats beat Charleston Southern by just five points.
Thus it seems curious that they rank 62nd in offensive efficiency and 37th in defensive efficiency when those figures are supposedly adjusted for schedule, but we think that the Wildcats will get exposed as the competition gets tougher. After all, this is a team that lost its all time leading scorer in Jacob Pullen while not really brining in a noteworthy recruiting class.
We look for that exposure of Kansas State to begin with this first true test vs. a quality team in the Wildcats’ first road game, so look for a rather handy Hokies’ victory.
CBB Betting Pick: Take the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday
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