Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky Pick
Is No. 8 Kentucky in danger of being upset at home when the Wildcats host Virginia Tech today at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kentucky is the favorite at home today, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -6 points against Virginia Tech. The over/under total for the game is listed at 157.5 points. Today’s contest takes place from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky and will air live on ESPN2.
Kentucky is on a 6-game winning streak right now since its loss to Kansas. The Wildcats are now 8-1 on the season with a 4-5 mark against the spread. Kentucky has covered in three of its last four, all big spreads. Kentucky is scoring 80 points per game this year while giving up 67.3 per game. Kevin Knox is leading Kentucky with 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while Hamidou Diallo is adding 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Quade Green, who averages 10.3 points per game, is questionable today due to an eye injury.
Virginia Tech is on a 7-game win streak coming into today’s game to get to 9-1 on the season. The Hokies are 7-1 against the spread this season, covering in four straight lined games. Tech is averaging an impressive 96.2 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 70.7 per game. Justin Bibbs is leading the Hokies with 17.5 points per game while Ahmed Hill is adding 16.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
These two have no recent meetings to consider for today’s game. I like the Hokies to possibly win outright today. They are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine on the road and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a win percentage above .600. Kentucky is just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following a cover. Kentucky hasn’t looked sharp at times with this young team while the Hokies have been building momentum. This is their chance to prove they can be contenders this season. The public betting is strongly with Kentucky at home, but I think the Hokies keep this close.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH +6