The Virginia Cavaliers (19-7, 11-5 ACC), the NCAA’s top scoring defense, will square off with the Virginia Tech Hokies (15-12, 6-10 ACC) at Cassell Coliseum. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview
The Cavaliers edged the Pittsburgh Panthers in their last matchup, 59-56. With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite had a solid game. The Cavaliers knocked down 11 of their 13 free throws (84.6 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.500 (above their season average of 0.471).
The last time the Hokies took the floor, they were beaten by the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils, 88-64. Tyrece Radford led Virginia Tech in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Duke did an excellent job of making free throws (23-31; 74.2 percent). Virginia Tech, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 10.6).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Cavaliers won 65-39. The Cavaliers played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.528. For those same stats, the Hokies had marks of 13.5 and 0.313, respectively. Braxton Key recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Virginia Tech ranks 256th in possessions per game (67.6) and Virginia is 350th (60.8). Also, the Cavaliers rank 303rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.192), while the Hokies rank 35th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.176).
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Under
The Hokies rank second in steals allowed per game (4.0) while the Cavaliers rank 163rd (6.9).
Virginia ranks 28th in blocks per game (4.7) while Virginia Tech ranks 138th (3.0).
Virginia Tech ranks 20th in three pointers attempted per game (27.6) while Virginia ranks 237th (19.3).
The Cavaliers rank 18th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while the Hokies rank 213th (36.9).
Virginia Tech ranks 32nd in assists per game (15.0) while Virginia ranks 225th (11.6).
The Hokies have been outscored by an average of 8.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Virginia Tech has defeated opponents by an average of 3.8 points.
During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 64.8 points per game (9.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (11.7 above their season average).