Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Hokies and Cavaliers. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPNU, and it’s hosted by the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Atlantic Coast conference contest is set at 124.5 points, with the Cavaliers being the favored team playing at home against the Hokies.
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES VS VIRGINIA CAVALIERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -3.5
This game will be played at John Paul Jones Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.
WHY BET THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Cavaliers.
- Not only will Virginia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 124.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Can Virginia Tech Pull Off A Win at John Paul Jones Arena?
Virginia Tech will be looking to end their four-game losing streak on the road when they take on Virginia. So far this season, the Hokies have gone 0-4 on the road, compared to a 10-2 record at home.
Through 16 games, Virginia Tech has an overall record of 10-6, including a 2-3 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. As the underdog, the Hokies have gone 2-3, compared to an 8-3 record as the favorite.
Virginia Tech’s ATS record this season is 7-8-1, including an 0-4 mark on the road. Over their last 10 road games, the Hokies have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread. As the underdog, Virginia Tech is 2-3 ATS this year and 2-7-1 over their last 10 games in that role.
Virginia Tech’s over/under record for the season is 7-9 and today’s over/under line of 124.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (143.8). So far, 16 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 151 points compared to their season average of 141.8 points per game.
In their previous game, the Hokies’ offense finished with 71 points, which is right in line with their current average of 74.1 points per contest. Offensively, the Hokies hold a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, placing them 147th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 172nd in terms of percentage and 128th in three-pointers made.
At present, the Hokies’ defense is nationally ranked 82nd, allowing 67.7 points per game. Against Miami (FL), the Hokies’ defense gave up 75 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Miami (FL) only made 5 free-throws.
Can the Cavaliers Offense Score Enough at Home?
Virginia is coming off a 66-47 loss to Wake Forest. The Cavaliers are 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are 11-0 at home this season.
Virginia’s average scoring margin at home is +19.8 points per game. They are 10-2 as the favorite this season. The Cavaliers have won their last 11 games at home.
Virginia has an overall ATS record of 8-8 this season, but they are 8-3 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cavaliers have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.
Virginia’s over/under record this season is 7-9 and the average over/under line in their games is 127. So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 124.5. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 126 points.
In their recent matchup, the Virginia offense ended with 47 points against Wake Forest. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 28.1% and made 4 threes. Reece Beekman is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 12.7. Meanwhile, Isaac McKneely also brings a PPG average of 11.6 into the game.
So far this season, the Virginia defense has been performing well, ranking 2nd in the country at 57.8 points allowed per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.6 threes per game vs. Virginia Tech. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.0%.