Cavaliers vs. Hokies Prediction
In-state rivals will meet tonight when the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers play at the 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Is Virginia going to dominate the matchup just as it did last month when it easily covered the spread?
Monday, February 18, 2019
Cassell Coliseum at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cavaliers are listed as a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 121 points. As of Monday morning, 78 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Virginia. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Cavs hold off upset-minded Irish
Virginia secured a 60-54 home victory Saturday over Notre Dame to improve to 22-2 overall and 10-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers led 29-25 at halftime and held on from there. Virginia shot 19-of-52 from the floor including 8-of-23 from 3-point range plus 14-of-17 at the free throw line. Kyle Guy paced the Cavs with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 4-of-10 from 3-point range plus 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also notched six rebounds and three assists. De'Andre Hunter added 20 points, 10 boards, two assists and two steals.
Blackshear leads way at Pitt
Virginia Tech earned a 70-64 win Saturday at the Panthers to move to 20-5 overall and 9-4 in conference action. The Hokies led 31-26 at halftime before continuing to control the action after the break. Virginia Tech shot 21-of-41 from the field, 10-of-21 from 3-point range and 18-of-26 at the free throw line. Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the Hokies with 29 points on 8-of-9 shooting including 3-of-3 from 3-point distance plus 10-of-11 at the free throw line. He also contributed nine rebounds and three assists. Ahmed Hill added 14 points and four caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in their last six Monday games. Virginia is 20-6 ATS in its last 26 road games.
The Hokies are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Monday games. Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.
The last time Virginia played Virginia Tech on Jan. 15, it ended as an 81-59 massacre in favor of the Cavaliers on their home floor. Expect a much different game this time around. The Hokies have only lost once at home this season and have a top-10 offense nationally, which will help them offset an exceptional Virginia defense. This will be a slow-paced game where every basket has added importance. Look for Virginia Tech to step up defensively and make it a game that goes down to the wire.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES +5