The No. 4-seed Virginia Tech Hokies will face off against the No. 13-seed Saint Louis Billikens in East region action to open the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 22.
Tipoff for this March Madness tussle is at 9:57 PM ET and the game will be broadcast on truTV and streamed on NCAA March Madness Live.
Here’s what you need to know about the tournament game as you prepare to fill out your Yahoo! Sports Tourney Pick ‘Em bracket for a chance to win $1,000,000.
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Virginia Tech regular season review:
Virginia Tech went 24-8 overall, dropping in 74.5 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 39.8 from three-point range during the regular season. As a team the Hokies averaged 32.6 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 6.7 steals, 2.3 blocks and 11.1 turnovers per game in regular season play.
Virginia Tech players to watch:
During the regular season, Nickeil Alexander-Walker averaged 16.6 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals. Kerry Blackshear recorded 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Justin Robinson averaged 13.7 points, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals.
Saint Louis regular season review:
Saint Louis put together a record of 23-12 this season, putting up 67.4 points per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 30.5 from three-point range during the regular season. As a team the Billikens averaged 39.7 rebounds, 12.9 assists, 7.4 steals, 4.0 blocks and 13.0 turnovers per game in regular season play.
Saint Louis players to watch:
In regular season play Javon Bess averaged 15.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Tramaine Isabell averaged 13.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals. Jordan Goodwin recorded 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and two steals.[divider]
Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis Prediction:
Virginia Tech: 78
Saint Louis: 65
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Virginia Tech vs Saint Louis: Odds, Location, Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream
Odds: Virginia Tech -9.5
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
Game Date: Friday, March 22
Game Time: 9:57 PM ET
TV Channel: truTV
Live Stream: NCAA March Madness Live
All March Madness First Round Previews, Odds and Predictions:
East: Duke vs. North Dakota State/North Carolina Central | Michigan State vs. Bradley | LSU vs. Yale | Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis | Mississippi St. vs. Liberty | Maryland vs. Belmont/Temple | Louisville vs. Minnesota | VCU vs. UCF
West: Gonzaga vs. Fairleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M | Michigan vs. Montana | Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky | Florida State vs. Vermont | Marquette vs. Murray State | Buffalo vs. Arizona State/St. John’s | Nevada vs. Florida | Syracuse vs. Baylor
South: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb | Tennessee vs. Colgate | Purdue vs. Old Dominion | Kansas St. vs. UC Irvine | Wisconsin vs. Oregon | Villanova vs. St. Mary’s | Cincinnati vs. Iowa | Mississippi vs. Oklahoma
Midwest: North Carolina vs. Iona | Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian | Houston vs. Georgia State | Kansas vs. Northeastern | Auburn vs. New Mexico St. | Iowa State vs. Ohio State | Wofford vs. Seton Hall | Utah State vs. Washington
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