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Virginia Tech favored by -1.5 against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday

Virginia Tech HokiesVirginia Commonwealth Rams
7-3December 21, 2013, 05:30 | Richmond Coliseum9-3

Virginia Tech travels to Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-3 record with a victory over the Rams.

The Hokies will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Rams are 4-7 ATS. Virginia Tech is 2-3 against the total, while Virginia Commonwealth is 3-7 versus the number.

View Virginia Tech Hokies vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds and Stats.

Virginia Commonwealth opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 208-rated Virginia Tech taking on the No. 18-rated Rams in this contest.

Virginia Tech won its last outing, a 61-60 result against Miami on December 8. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. Jarell Eddie scored 24 points leading the Hokies to a 61-60 victory over Miami at BankUnited Center on Sunday.

Virginia Commonwealth won its last outing, a 72-57 result against Wofford on December 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 19-point favorite. Virginia Commonwealth got 18 points from Treveon Graham en route to a 72-57 victory over Wofford on Tuesday at Siegel Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia Commonwealth has the nation's No. 103-rated offensive output, at 75.58 PPG. The visiting Hokies defense ranks No. 125 allowing on average 69.6 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 42.47% so far, less than the Hokies marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.47% per game.

A few Hokies at Rams trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Virginia Tech home to UNC Greensboro, Saturday, December 28th
Virginia Commonwealth at Boston College, Saturday, December 28th