Hokies vs. Cavaliers Prediction
A top-10 in-state battle will be in the spotlight tonight as the ninth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies travel to play the rival fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Can Virginia Tech keep it close enough to cover the spread here?
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
John Paul Jones Arena at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cavaliers are an 8-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 121 points. As of Tuesday morning, 54 percent of public bets are siding with host Virginia. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Hokies eke past Yellow Jackets
Virginia Tech squeaked out a 52-49 win at Georgia Tech last Wednesday night to move to 14-1 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies shot just 17-of-57 from the floor including 5-of-27 on 3-point attempts plus 13-of-19 at the free throw line. Virginia Tech led 29-24 at halftime and held on from there. Ahmed Hill paced the Hokies with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 2-of-8 from 3-point distance plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He also pulled down two rebounds. Kerry Blackshear Jr. had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Robinson added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Cavs dominate at Clemson
Virginia rolled to a 63-43 road win Saturday at Clemson to stay perfect at 15-0 overall and 3-0 in ACC play. Kyle Guy paced the Cavaliers with 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting including 3-of-9 from 3-point distance. He also pulled down three rebounds. De'Andre Hunter tallied 12 points along with seven rebounds. Jay Huff added 11 points and seven boards off the bench. Virginia outscored the Tigers 36-22 in the second half to pull away. Virginia shot 23-of-57 from the floor, 10-of-23 from 3-point distance and 7-of-12 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Hokies are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games. Virginia Tech is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 road games.
The Cavaliers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Virginia is 7-2 ATS in its last nine Tuesday games.
Virginia almost certainly won't be ranked No. 1 next week unless it goes undefeated while also getting help elsewhere in addition to Duke already losing Monday, but the Cavaliers have a good argument for the top spot. They are efficient and elite on both ends of the court and have won their last six games by at least 13 points. While weird things happen in rivalry games, this is a chance for Virginia to make a statement against not only a quality opponent but one it has a little more dislike for. I like the Cavs at home tonight.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS -8