Cardinals vs. Hokies Prediction
The 12th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies put together a dominant defensive performance two days ago and now turn around tonight to host the 15th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Can Virginia Tech once again play well enough to cover the spread?
Monday, February 4, 2019
Cassell Coliseum at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hokies are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 137.5 points. As of Monday morning, 62 percent of public bets are siding with host Virginia Tech. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cardinals stumble against Tar Heels
Louisville suffered a 79-69 home defeat Saturday afternoon against North Carolina to fall to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinals trailed 44-28 at halftime and could not recover. Louisville shot 26-of-62 from the floor, 10-of-29 from 3-point range and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Dwayne Sutton led the way with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 4-of-8 from 3-point range plus 1-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also contributed eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Christen Cunningham tallied 15 points plus nine assists and four boards. Jordan Nwora added 11 points along with seven rebounds and two dimes.
Hokies hold Wolfpack to record-low
Virginia Tech dominated host North Carolina State 47-24 Saturday afternoon, holding the Wolfpack to their lowest scoring output in the shot clock era. The Hokies (18-3, 7-2) led 20-14 at halftime and pulled away further in the second half with a dominant defensive performance. Virginia Tech held NC State to 9-of-54 shooting including 2-of-28 from 3-point range plus 4-of-6 at the free throw line. The Hokies shot 16-of-45 from the field, 7-of-21 on 3-pointers and 8-of-13 on free throws. Kerry Blackshear Jr. paced Va. Tech with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 1-of-2 on 3-point tries plus 2-of-2 from the free throw line. He also pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out three rebounds. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 11 points, five boards, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 21-9-1 ATS in their last 31 Monday games. Louisville is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Hokies are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Monday games. Virginia Tech is 5-0 ATS in its last five games following a win by 20 or more points.
The Hokies didn't need their elite offense to be clicking Saturday as its defense produced an all-time great performance. The going might be tougher tonight, but Virginia Tech is the stronger team on both ends of the court and get to be on its home court for this one. I think the momentum the Hokies have built will carry over for this one as they once again prove to be one of the better teams in the nation.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES -5