The eighth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (12-1, 1-0 ACC), the NCAA’s top scoring defense and 1.5-point favorites, will challenge the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3, 0-1 ACC) at Cassell Coliseum. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 130.5 points and action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Odds
In their last game, the Hokies lost to the Syracuse Orange, 68-56, while the Cavaliers barely escaped the Boston College Eagles, 59-58.
The Cavaliers had a much better turnover percentage (12.9 vs. 19.1) and held the Eagles to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.3 (below their season average of 35.1). Virginia Tech, on the other hand, forced Syracuse into a turnover percentage of 21.2 (above their season average of 15.8). Virginia Tech was lifted by Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who contributed 19 points. Ty Jerome, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Virginia with 31 points and five rebounds.
This showdown pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Virginia Tech currently ranks 10th in offensive efficiency and Virginia is third in defensive efficiency.
Cavaliers games have typically finished under the O/U total (70.0 percent). Virginia heads into the contest with records of 12-1 straight up (SU) and 7-3 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Virginia, Hokies games have a tendency to go over the total (66.7 percent). Moreover, Virginia Tech owns records of 11-3 SU and 7-3 ATS.
This series was highly competitive last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Hokies won the most recent contest 80-78. Virginia Tech did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (20-26; 76.9 percent). Virginia, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (11.6 vs. 19.4). This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Virginia, ATS Winner – Virginia, O/U – Under
Virginia Tech ranks 13th in assists per game (18.4) while Virginia ranks 136th (13.8).
The Cavaliers are 13th in the nation with 30.2 rebounds allowed per game while the Hokies are 57th with 32.6 rebounds allowed per game.
The Cavaliers rank 15th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while the Hokies rank 102nd (3.6).
Virginia is fourth in the nation with 4.0 steals allowed per game while Virginia Tech is 51st with 5.5 steals allowed per game.
Virginia Tech is 5-0 ATS at home, while Virginia is 3-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 3 of the Hokies’ 5 home games, while 3 of the Cavaliers’ 4 road games have gone under.
The Hokies are 0-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cavaliers are 1-2.
In their last five games, Virginia Tech has 1 over and 1 under, while Virginia has 2 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Hokies have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (14.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.0 points per game (7.1 below their season average).
The Cavaliers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.8, down from 18.3 for the season.