Hokies vs. Cavaliers Prediction
An in-state rivalry is on tap this afternoon as the Virginia Tech Hokies play at the 19th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Which side will come out on tap in this matchup?
Saturday, January 4, 2020
John Paul Jones Arena at 2PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Cavaliers are an 8-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 110.5 points. As of Saturday morning, exactly 50 percent of public bets are coming in on both visiting Virginia Tech and host Virginia. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Hokies crush Hawks
Virginia Tech cruised to a 92-37 win Sunday night at home over Maryland Eastern Shore to improve to 10-3 overall and 8-1 at home. The Hokies led 45-22 at halftime and continued to pour it on after the break. Landers Nolley II paced Virginia Tech with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 3-of-8 from 3-point distance plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also registered 10 rebounds and three assists. Hunter Cattoor contributed 17 points off the bench to go with four rebounds. John Ojiako tallied 15 points, eight caroms and three blocked shots as a reserve. Tyrece Radford accounted for 13 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Jalen Cone added 11 points and four boards off the bench.
Cavaliers get past Midshipmen
Virginia secured a 65-56 home win Sunday afternoon over Navy to move to 10-2 overall and 7-1 at home. The Cavaliers led 37-29 at halftime on their way to the triumph. Braxton Key led Virginia with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting plus 1-of-1 at the charity stripe. He also recorded seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Mamadi Diakite tallied 13 points and eight boards. Kihei Clark racked up 10 points, 13 dimes and four rebounds. Casey Morsell added 10 points in 24 minutes off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hokies are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The road team is 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings. Virginia is 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games.
Virginia has taken a step back this season as it is still the best defensive team in the country, but not even in the same league as far as offensive efficiency goes. With what is expected to be a low-scoring game against a rival in which every bucket is of utmost importance, there is a good chance the Cavs struggle to get those shots to go when needed the most. Virginia Tech is being given enough points here for me to want to lay a wager on it as it has already beaten the likes of Michigan State straight up this season.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES +8