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No. 4 Virginia Looks to Defend Home Court vs Visiting No. 9 Virginia Tech

Virginia vs Virginia Tech Betting Odds

A winning streak is coming to an end as the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers lay their perfect 15-0 record on the line when they welcome their in-state rivals the No. 9 Virginia Tech Hokies, winners of nine straight games, to John Paul Jones Arena. These schools have split their last six meetings, with Virginia Tech winning the last contest by a narrow 61-60 score in overtime. However, it is Virginia that is an 8.5-point favorite in tonight’s game with the total opening at 122 points.

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  • Virginia allows the fewest points per game in the nation this season (51.2).
  • Virginia Tech allows the fourth-fewest points per game in the nation this season (57.3).
  • Virginia is 15-0 SU and 12-3 ATS this season.

Virginia Tech vs Virginia Game Center

Hokies are strong on both sides of the ball

Virginia Tech carries a nine-game winning streak into this game. The Hokies’ one and only loss this year came at the Bryce Jordan Center when they fell 63-62 to Penn State. Since that loss, they have handled teams with ease, rattling off nine wins in a row with an average winning margin of 24, with no opponent scoring more than 68 points over that span. This speaks to the impressive Virginia Tech defense, which is holding opponents to 57.3 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the nation, and limiting them to a shooting percentage of just 39.5, which is the 22nd-lowest.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Hokies score 79.2 points per game to rank No. 47 in college basketball, with 39.4 percent of their points coming from long range, the 30th-highest percentage in that category among 353 teams. They are able to pile on the points from beyond the arc because of their tremendous shooting percentage out there, converting 42.3 percent of those attempts. However, Virginia limits opponents to the lowest three-point shooting percentage in the nation at 24.5.

Cavaliers look to extend 10-game winning streak at home

There are only two undefeated teams remaining in the nation: the Michigan Wolverines (17-0) and the Virginia Cavaliers (15-0). In addition to being undefeated, the Cavaliers haven’t taken a loss at John Paul Jones Arena in their last 10 games there dating back to last season. That being said, their last defeat at home came against the Hokies, who earned a narrow 61-60 overtime triumph. The defense has been the key to victory this year for Virginia, which leads the NCAA by keeping its opponents to just 51.2 points per game. The Cavaliers have yielded more than 70 points in a game only once, in a 76-71 victory over then-No. 24 Maryland.

The Cavs are able to keep the scoring down by holding their adversaries to just 50.9 shot attempts per game, the sixth-fewest in the NCAA, and those teams are hitting just 36.6 percent of those shots, the third-lowest percentage in the nation. Offensively, they are very deliberate with the ball, utilizing the full shot clock which has led to them taking the 39th-fewest shots per game, and they rank 145th in scoring overall with 73.8 points per game. Lastly, Virginia does a good job restricting its opponents’ points by averaging just 8.9 turnovers per game, the fewest in college basketball.

Is an UNDER in store for tonight’s game?

Tonight’s game features two teams ranked in the top five in defense and Bovada has the total opening at 122 points. Virginia has gone UNDER 122 points in five of its last seven games, but Virginia Tech has gone UNDER 122 points in just two of its 15 games this season. However, three of the last five meetings between these two schools have gone UNDER 122 points, including their last game in which they played to a combined score of 121, needing overtime to get to that total.

The Hokies get a large percentage of their points from long range, but will definitely have their hands full in tonight’s game as the Cavaliers surrender the second-fewest three-pointers against per game and limit their opponents to just 24.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which is the lowest percentage in the nation. I think Virginia will continue its strong play around the three-point line, restricting Virginia Tech’s scoring, and another UNDER will come through.

My take on Virginia Tech vs Virginia

I like the UNDER 122 points in tonight’s game. Both teams have been strong UNDER plays this season, with 10 of VA Tech’s 15 games going UNDER and nine of Virginia’s 15 also going UNDER. Additionally, their last meeting had a combined score of just 121 points, including an overtime period.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have kept their opponents to fewer than 60 points in 13 of their games this year and the Hokies have only had one foe score more than 70 points. I think tonight’s game will be a defensive battle.