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College Basketball Matchup - Virginia Cavaliers Virginia Tech Hokies Odds Preview

Virginia Tech HokiesVirginia Cavaliers
8-10January 25, 2014, 03:00 | John Paul Jones Arena14-5

The Virginia Cavaliers will try to cover the spread at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Virginia Tech Hokies in NCAA basketball action.

The Hokies will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 9-6 ATS. Virginia Tech is 3-9 on the totals; Virginia is 7-7-1.

View Virginia Tech Hokies vs Virginia Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Virginia Tech before tip-off in this one found them as 18-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 38 and the Hokies sitting at No. 281.

Virginia Tech was an 83-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wake Forest. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Tech got 26 points from Devin Wilson on the way to an 83-77 loss against Wake Forest on Wednesday at Cassell Coliseum.

Virginia won its last outing, a 76-61 result against North Carolina on January 20. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. Virginia earned a 76-61 victory over North Carolina on Monday, getting 16 points from Malcolm Brogdon at John Paul Jones Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia has the nation's No. 217-rated offensive output, at 67 PPG. The visiting Hokies defense ranks No. 123 allowing on average 69 PPG. The Cavaliers FG% has averaged 44.44% so far, more than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.94% per game.

A few Hokies at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Virginia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Virginia is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech

Next up:
Virginia Tech at Boston College, Wednesday, January 29th
Virginia at Notre Dame, Tuesday, January 28th