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Virginia vs Virginia Tech Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers, ranked 15th in the country and coming off a close loss to Duke, face state rivals Virginia Tech Sunday in a college basketball clash they should win.

They will try to cover an 8-point spread at John Paul Jones Arena against the visiting Hokies, who nonetheless rate higher in the Odds Shark NCAA hoops power rankings. The Cavs are one of the nation's best defensive clubs and the UNDER is 11-1 in their 12 games involving an over-under this season.
The Cavaliers sit at 15-2 (9-3 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hokies are currently 11-7 (6-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Virginia is 1-11 OU, and Virginia Tech is 5-9 OU.

View Virginia Tech vs Virginia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Hokies were listed as 8-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks such as Bovada. The total was in the 114 range at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cavaliers rated this week at No. 85 and the Hokies sitting at No. 39. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 76-69 result in favor of the Cavaliers.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia has the nation's No. 233-rated offensive output, at 65.5 PPG. The visiting Hokies defense ranks No. 45 allowing on average 60.9 PPG. The Cavaliers FG% has averaged 46.1% so far, more than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.

Defensively, Virginia Tech features the nation's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.6 points per game. Virginia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 278 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were an 82-68 loser as they battled North Carolina at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Hokies endured an 82-68 loss at the hands of the Tar Heels on Thursday, despite a 17-point effort from Erick Green at Cassell Coliseum.

Virginia was a 70-38 winner in its last match on the road against Georgia Tech. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Cavaliers blew out Georgia Tech on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 70-38 win at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
After playing North Carolina are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Boston College are 2-8
After playing Georgia Tech are 3-7
After a win are 9-1


A few Hokies at Cavaliers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia Tech's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games when playing on the road against Virginia
Virginia Tech is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Virginia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 5 games
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Virginia is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
Virginia is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Virginia Tech

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to BYU, Wednesday, January 25
Virginia home to Boston College, Thursday, January 26