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Virginia Tech A Safer Bet In Commonwealth Clash

What was once a gimme for the Virginia Cavaliers has become a legitimate challenge. As the Virginia Tech basketball program has become more recognized on a national scale, so too has the team started to pick up victories over their in-state rivals. Aside from better play on the court, the Hokies have been the stronger bet between the two programs with VT covering in five of their last seven vs the Cavaliers.

SHARK BITES
  • Virginia G Devon Hall has scored just 10 points while shooting 2-for-17 in the last 2 games.
  • Virginia is 10-0 SU in its last 10 games as favorite.
  • Virginia Tech is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games against the ACC.

Virginia Tech has been all about the offense this season with the squad averaging 88.8 points per game. Each of the Hokies starting five is averaging double-digit points while four of them are shooting over 51% from the floor. However, Virginia Tech’s offense has been noticeably slowing recently with the team averaging just 65 ppg in their past three – two of which were in Blacksburg.

VT is not likely to have an offensive resurgence in this one thanks to Virginia’s No.1 ranked scoring defense. The Cavaliers are once again a defensive juggernaut, as they have yet to surrender 70 points in a game this season. Offense is a secondary concern for many of the players on Tony Bennett’s crew but Kyle Guy has become the focal point offensively with the sophomore leading the team in points and shots.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Virginia Tech Hokies betting line opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Virginia Cavaliers vs Virginia Tech Hokies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Virginia Tech Hokies are 11-3 overall and 7-3 ATS, while the Virginia Cavaliers are 12-1 and 7-3 ATS. As for the betting totals, Virginia Tech boasts a 7-3 on the OU, and Virginia is 3-7.

This game puts the Virginia Tech Hokies, most recently No. 28 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Virginia Cavaliers, who rate No. 13 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Virginia is ranked No. 204 in NCAA basketball at 34.31 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Tech's No. 133 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Tech is the No. 47-ranked team in the country at 9.43 per game, while Virginia rates No. 158 at 7.38 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston College was victimized by Ty Jerome for 31 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Eagles 59-58 in college hoops action on Saturday.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Hokies to a win (they lost 68-56 to Syracuse at Carrier Dome on Sunday).

Betting Trends
  • Virginia is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 5 games on the road
  • Virginia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Virginia Tech
  • Virginia is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Virginia Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Virginia Tech is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Virginia
  • Virginia Tech is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Virginia

Next Betting Matchups

Virginia home to North Carolina, Saturday, January 6th
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, Saturday, January 6th

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