GAME: #719 Virginia vs #720 Virginia Tech
TIME: 1/30/2021 – 6:00p EST
SPREAD: Virginia -4.5
The #8 Virginia Cavaliers (11-2, 7-0) have a tough ACC rivalry game against the #20 Virginia Tech Hokies (12-3, 6-2) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. Virginia defeated Syracuse 81-58 in its last game and Virginia Tech beat Notre Dame 62-51 last time out. These teams met twice last season with Virginia taking both games by scores of 65-39 and 53-56. Virginia is looking for its third straight win over Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum.
The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 73 points per game on 50% field-goal shooting long with 8.9 threes on 39.6% three-point shooting. The Cavaliers are allowing only 59 points per game on 40% field-goal shooting while forcing 9.9 turnovers and adding 4.9 steals and 2.1 blocks per game in the defensive end. Virginia is led by Sam Houser is averaging 15.0 points, 1.8 assists,s and 7.4 rebounds per game.
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 72 points per game on 44% field goal shooting adding eight 3-pointers on 33% three-point shooting 8.4 offensive rebounds per game. The Hokies are allowing 64 points per game on 41% field-goal shooting while forcing 12.3 turnovers and adding 5.9 steals and 3.5 blocks per game on defense. Virginia Tech is led by Keve Aluma who’s averaging 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.5 assists per game.
- Over is 4-0 in the Cavaliers last 4 overall.
- Over is 6-0 in Cavaliers last 6 games following an ATS win.
- Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games following a straight-up win.
- Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games as a favorite.
- Under is 4-0 in the Hokies last 4 overall.
- Over is 5-1 in the Hokies’ last 6 home games.
- Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
- Hokies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Under is 4-1 in the Hokies’ last 5 games as a home underdog.
HEAD TO HEAD
- The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
VIRGINIA vs VIRGINIA TECH PREDICTION PICK
Virginia leads the ACC on offense, defense, and efficiency. This is a rivalry game but without the crowd the home-court advantage is non-existent. Virginia Tech played well against Notre Dame but the Irish are not comparable to the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have given up just 57.9 points per game across seven conference games. Virginia has held opposing teams to 59.5 points per game this year, the seventh-lowest figure among all Division I teams. Virginia has won its last three road games, scoring 70.7 points and allowing 52 points during those contests. The Hokies again will be without Radford and possibly without Pemsl and for a team that is struggling offensively they will continue to have a hard time against a stingy Virginia defense. The Bookie is taking the better team that is playing top-notch at this time with the Virginia Cavaliers to cover the spread.
The Bookie: Virginia -4.5 / Under 123
Fade the Public: V. Tech / Under
Sharp Action: V. Tech / Under