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Friday 3/22/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




SAINT LOUIS (23 - 12) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (24 - 8)
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Friday, 3/22/2019 9:57 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Board SideTotal
823SAINT LOUIS+14Over 122
824VIRGINIA TECH-6Under 130
SAINT LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-12+3.117-1815-1967.130.341.8%39.863.729.840.9%33.2
Road Games8-10-1.68-1010-764.128.940.9%39.366.231.742.8%32.3
Last 5 Games4-1+43-21-462.828.041.5%
SAINT LOUIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)67.130.324-5741.8%6-1930.8%14-2359.8%401213177134
vs opponents surrendering69.532.425-5743.1%7-2233.6%13-1870.1%35913176133
Team Stats (Road Games)64.128.923-5740.9%5-1830.1%12-1961.9%391211186133
Stats Against (All Games)63.729.822-5440.9%6-2131.3%13-1871.8%33712196134
vs opponents averaging70.833.125-5744.0%7-2333.3%13-1871.0%35813176133
Stats Against (Road Games)66.231.723-5342.8%7-2133.3%14-2068.9%32712166115

VIRGINIA TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-8+5.417-1416-1674.034.947.5%32.662.128.140.6%29.9
Road Games10-6+3.28-77-968.332.644.4%33.164.628.641.4%31.8
Last 5 Games3-2+1.23-23-271.835.446.2%32.867.226.241.1%32.8
VIRGINIA TECH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)74.034.926-5447.5%10-2439.4%13-1775.8%33815157112
vs opponents surrendering69.332.525-5842.7%8-2333.1%13-1870.7%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)68.332.624-5344.4%8-2336.4%12-1676.3%33813167122
Stats Against (All Games)62.128.122-5340.6%9-2733.2%10-1472.2%30812165143
vs opponents averaging72.334.225-5843.9%8-2233.9%14-1972.2%36913177124
Stats Against (Road Games)64.628.622-5441.4%10-2834.7%10-1375.5%32813166133
Average power rating of opponents played: SAINT LOUIS 75.8,  VIRGINIA TECH 79.7
SAINT LOUIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/2/2019@ RHODE ISLAND54-65L3.5L133U23-5442.6%351222-5242.3%347
2/8/2019@ ST JOSEPHS61-91L-3.5L135.5O22-5937.3%371133-5955.9%355
2/13/2019@ GEORGE WASHINGTON73-58W-5.5W128O23-4946.9%331221-5141.2%2614
2/23/2019@ DAYTON62-70L6L131.5O26-5646.4%301124-4850.0%3315
2/26/2019@ VA COMMONWEALTH65-71L9.5W127O23-5046.0%381923-5145.1%2512
3/2/2019GEORGE MASON81-71W-5.5W132O30-6645.5%431222-6334.9%4314
3/9/2019@ ST BONAVENTURE57-66L3L127.5U21-6233.9%411320-4445.5%3311
3/17/2019*ST BONAVENTURE55-53W2W119U22-5937.3%39619-5633.9%4211
3/22/2019*VIRGINIA TECH              

VIRGINIA TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/2/2019@ NC STATE47-24W3W152.5U16-4535.6%42129-5416.7%3610
2/9/2019@ CLEMSON51-59L3L125.5U15-5328.3%371119-4641.3%3112
2/13/2019GEORGIA TECH76-68W-12.5L122O25-5347.2%26923-5343.4%3113
2/16/2019@ PITTSBURGH70-64W-6T131.5O21-4151.2%271420-4346.5%2415
2/23/2019@ NOTRE DAME67-59W-4.5W133U19-5236.5%491619-5832.8%2710
3/5/2019@ FLORIDA ST64-73L5L136.5O22-5341.5%371422-5837.9%327
3/14/2019*FLORIDA ST63-65L-1L135U26-5944.1%30922-5738.6%4317
3/22/2019*SAINT LOUIS              
VIRGINIA TECH: Last season: 21-12, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Hokies
Coach: Buzz Williams, fifth season
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Justin Bibbs (13.3 ppg. Led the team with 66 3s), G Devin Wilson, their best defensive player
Who's back: G Justin Robinson (14 ppg, 185 assists) is a speedy 6-foot-2 guard who can take over a game (he had 32 points in a victory against NC State last year). F Kerry Blackshear Jr. (12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), who can be hard to stop when not in foul trouble. G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (10.7 ppg, 58 3s), who showed maturity beyond his years as a freshman. G Ahmed Hill (10.6 ppg, 64 3s), who shot 41 percent from deep. G/F Chris Clarke (8.2 ppg, team-best 6.3 rpg) whose speed can be an asset, but also a liability (75 turnovers). F P.J. Horne, who shot 59 percent from the field and showed flashes of being a spark off the bench.
Who's new: G Ty Outlaw, who shot 48.7 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17 before missing last season with a torn ACL.
The Skinny: The Hokies have thrived in an us-against-the-world approach in Williams' first four seasons, winning two ACC games their first season and 10 each of the past three years. With prospects for a third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in school history, how they handle being on the expectations side of the ledger will go a long way toward determining how successful they can be.
Expectations: At No. 15, the Hokies are ranked as high as they ever been to start a season, and they are picked fifth in the ACC after much more dire prognostications in previous seasons. With eight experienced players returning, Williams also has more experience than he's had during his tenure in Blacksburg. A quick return to form of Ty Outlaw after missing last season with a torn ACL would help their prospects immensely.
Virginia Tech dreaming big as Robinson returns vs. Saint Louis

Virginia Tech will have point guard Justin Robinson for the NCAA Tournament.

Robinson's return from a left foot injury is a shot of energy for the fourth-seeded Hokies, who open their NCAA Tournament with an East Region game against No. 13 seed Saint Louis in San Jose, Calif., on Friday night.

Robinson, a four-year starter, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals, while shooting 41.1 percent from 3-point range. He hasn't played since suffering the injury on Jan. 30 at Miami.

The Hokies (24-8) are 17-3 with Robinson and 7-5 without him -- although one of those victories in his absence came against Duke, the NCAA Tournament's overall No. 1 seed.

"Being able to play is like a dream come true again," Robinson said in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "I missed, what, 11 games, 12 games? It feels like one day I'm just going to wake up and get those back, but that's not how it works. I'm just going to try to make the best of now."

The time is now for Virginia Tech, which is in the NCAA Tournament for a program-record third consecutive year and is seeded higher than it ever has been. Also, Hokies fans might be wondering if this is the last go-around for coach Buzz Williams, who has been linked in reports to the Texas A&M coaching vacancy.

Williams, a former Texas A&M assistant, is 98-68 in five seasons with the Hokies.

Saint Louis (23-13) advanced by winning the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, ripping off four victories in four days and allowing a total of 152 points in the last three games. The Billikens stormed back from a 15-point first-half deficit in the title game to edge St. Bonaventure 55-53.

"How we won the game is who we are," said coach Travis Ford, who took over at Saint Louis in 2016 after being fired following eight seasons at Oklahoma State. "You know, we are just a hard-playing, physical, aggressive basketball team."

Saint Louis has a trio of double-digit scorers, led by senior guards Javon Bess (15.3 points per game) and Tramaine Isabell Jr. (13.8). Sophomore guard Jordan Goodwin averages 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Isabell was selected Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament.

"I do believe we are supposed to be here," Isabell said. "I think we are a very good team. I've been a part of three teams, and we have tremendous athletes. We have tremendous competitors from top to bottom, from coaches down to the managers."

One problem area for the Billikens: They shoot 59.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Sophomore forward Hasahn French is a muscle man around the basket (8.4 rebounds per game), but his free-throw shooting is an eyesore (36 of 104, 34.6 percent).

While Robinson was out for Virginia Tech, sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker (16.6 points per game) and senior Ahmed Hill (13.1) took on more ball-handling chores, while the offense focused more on junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (14.7).

How Robinson fits back in will be a first-round storyline, but Williams seems to like his team's chances either way.

"I don't want it to come across arrogant at all, but if there was some category for effort across the country regardless of sport in college, I think we would win," the coach said. "I don't mean this in the wrong way either, I don't want to win so we can win. I want to win because that means we get to play again, and I've never seen in my career as a coach the connectedness and the effort that these guys play with."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/3/2020 6:39:05 AM EST

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