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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

Virginia Tech Hokies (8-10) at Virginia Cavaliers (14-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Virginia Tech dropped to 8-10, 1-5 ACC after losing to Wake Forest 83-77 on Wednesday night. The Hokies shot only 33.8% from the field and 39.1% from behind the arc. Virginia Tech reached the free-throw line 33 times and made only 72.7% of their attempts. Devin Wilson scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the final 6 minutes, scoring the Hokies final 10 points of the game. Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith missed the game for the Hokies because of injuries and both were averaging in double figures. On the year, Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies with 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Emelogu is averaging 11.5 points per game, while Wilson averages a team-high 4.8 assists per contest. Virginia Tech is averaging 70.1 points per game while shooting 42.9% from the field as a team this season. The Hokies have lost five straight games and six of their last seven overall. Virginia Tech will head on the road for only the third time this season; the Hokies are 1-1 on the road this season.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/25/14

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The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 14-5, 5-1 ACC after beating North Carolina at home 76-61 on Monday night. The Cavaliers shot 48.1% from the field and 40% from three-point range, while shooting only 55.2% from the charity stripe. Joe Harris led the way for Virginia, scoring a team-high 16 points in the win. Akil Mitchell added 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while Justin Anderson added 13 points for the Cavaliers, who continued their best start in ACC play since 1994. On the year, Harris leads the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game, while Mitchell averages a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Cavaliers are averaging 67 points per game while shooting 44.4% from the field as a team this season. Virginia is a solid rebounding team, pulling down 37.2 boards per game. Virginia has not allowed an ACC opponent to score 70 points this season and they have held three of their conference opponents to under 52 points. Virginia will play at home this weekend before heading out on the road for back-to-back games.

Virginia Tech is not playing well right now and with some key players being injured they are in big trouble this weekend. Virginia is red hot and is looking to continue their dominance in conference play. As long as the Cavaliers don’t take the Hokies lightly, which I don’t think will happen because they are in-state rivals, Virginia should win comfortably on Saturday.

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Virginia -18

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