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Virginia Tech vs. Virginia - 2/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Monday February 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg, VA
The Line
Virginia Tech +5 -- Over/Under: 122
TV Channel
ESPN
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The 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the 22nd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 22-2 (10-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 60-54, this past Saturday. Virginia struggled offensively against the Fight Irish, however, the defense was strong as usual, and the Cavaliers were able to hold on late after taking a 54-44 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. Virginia shot just 36.5% from the field however, held Notre Dame to just 34.5% shooting from the field & 26.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was De’Andre Hunter who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season Virginia is averaging 72.1 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game on 41.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), De’Andre Hunter (15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), Ty Jerome (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Braxton Key (6.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponent to an average of 54.4 ppg on 37.6% shooting from the field.

The 22nd ranked Virginia Tech Hokies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 20-5 (9-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 70-64, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech was solid on the offensive end against the Panthers and held on for the road victory after taking a 57-46 lead with 5:44 left in regulation. Virginia Tech shot 51.2% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hokies was Kerry Blackshear Jr. who had 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 75.4 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game on 41.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (16.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (14.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 bpg), Ahmed Hill (12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Virginia Tech will be without Justin Robinson who is currently out indefinitely due to an ankle injury.

Defensively, Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field.

The Cavaliers are 17-7 ATS on the season while posting a 7-1 ATS on the road this season. Virginia Tech is 6-6 ATS in their 12 home games this season while posting a 12-11-1 ATS record on the season.

Virginia is coming off a less than stellar performance agianst a Notre Dame team that is just 3-9 in conference play this season, however, the Cavaliers are still one of the best teams in the country as they have the top-ranked scoring defense and an offense that has solid weapons in De’Andre Hunter, and Ty Jerome. Virginia Tech is a solid team, however, the Hokies haven’t looked great since losing Justin Robinson due to injury as they are just 2-2 over their last 4 games which including harder than expected wins agianst Georgia Tech & Pittsburgh. Virginia is not the team you want to be missing your point-guard agianst and as I expect the Cavaliers to play better than what we saw on Saturday, I’m taking the Cavaliers to cover this mid-range road spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Virginia Cavaliers -5

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