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Hokies open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

Virginia Tech HokiesBYU Cougars
Dec 29, 2:00 PM | EnergySolutions Arena

Virginia Tech Hokies vs BYU Cougars Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between BYU and Virginia Tech on Saturday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cougars are 9-4 so far on the season, and 5-7 ATS vs. the number. The Hokies, meanwhile, are 9-3 and 5-3-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen BYU go 2-4-1 and the Hokies go 3-3 on the totals.

View Virginia Tech vs BYU Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the BYU Cougars as 8-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars sit at No. 34 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hokies sit at No. 110 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 81-80.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits BYU's No. 46-ranked offense, averaging 76.6 PPG, against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 268 at 71.1 PPG. The Cougars field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, more than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Virginia Tech owns the country's No. 326-rated mark, allowing 81 points per game on the highway. BYU, on the other hand, rates No. 38 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were an 88-52 loser as they battled Colorado State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Hokies were hammered by Colorado State on Sunday, losing by an 88-52 final at Orleans Arena in college basketball betting action.

BYU was an 84-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Arizona. They covered the 19-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Cougars and Lumberjacks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Northern Arizona was handed an 84-54 defeat on Thursday at Marriott Center.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Maryland are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Loyola Marymount are 2-1
After playing Northern Arizona are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Hokies at Cougars trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech at Maryland, Saturday, January 5
BYU home to Loyola Marymount, Thursday, January 3