Virginia Cavaliers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (10-18) at Virginia Cavaliers (26-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The John Paul Jones Arena will be electric when the Virginia Tech Hokies clash with the Virginia Cavaliers.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are going to finish near the bottom of the ACC because they simply haven't gotten their scoring and defense on the same page which is bad news in a power packed conference. Having said that the Hokies proved they have talent as they took Duke to overtime before losing 91-86 on Wednesday as a 15.5 point home dog. The Blue Devils connected at over 59% but were in a nailbitter because VT countered with 53% marksmanship in an even boxscore. Jalen Hudson led the scoring spree with 23 points and six pulls with Adam Smith netting 15 points. Ahmed Hill followed with eleven points while Justin Bibbs and Devin Wilson scored ten points apiece with Wilson handing out a contest high eleven assists.
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The #2 Virginia Cavaliers are 26-1 and the best team not in the state of Kentucky but still have zero room for error because a loss at this point in the season and the conference title and a top seed in the NCAA tournament will be gone. I suppose that is why the Cavaliers put the pedal down on Wake Forest for 40 minutes in a 70-34 rout on Wednesday that was over three minutes in with the Cavs up 21 at the break. Their trademark defense was in top form with the Demon Deacons held to under 22% from the floor while sinking half their looks which was a shocking difference of 16 baskets. Anthony Gill and Darion Atkins paced a balanced attack with 21 points with Gill posting seven boards while Devon Hall and Malcolm Brogdon scored nine points apiece. Eleven players saw the floor and all reached the scoring column as UVA went to the bench early.
The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game. Virginia Tech are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Cavaliers are 35-15-2 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. Virginia are 23-11-2 ATS in their last 36 vs. Atlantic Coast and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. I don't know how far Virginia is going to push this so late in the season so I'm not really interested with the huge chalk...