Simply put, the16th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will be out for revenge when they host the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a huge ACC clash on Monday night that could co a long way toward the NCAA March Madness seedings for both teams involved. Now, let’s find out if the Hokies can get the upset win as a home underdog or whether Virginia is the pick to deliver despite being on the road.
Virginia vs Virginia Tech NCAAB Lines, Preview & Pick
- When: Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
- TV: ESPN
- NCAAB Odds: Virginia -6 / Total: 121.5
Why Bet on No. 4 Virginia?
Why should you consider betting on No. 4 Virginia in this affair? Because they are the best defensive team in the nation in limiting their opponents to a mind-boggling 54.4 points per game – and hey, the Cavs already smacked the Hokies senseless once this season.
Virginia comes into this contest having won two straight since falling to Duke for the second time this season, including their hard-fought 60-54 win over Notre Dame on Saturday despite not shooting the ball very well.
“I think it’s good for us,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after his team shot 36.5 percent from the field. “OK, shots are not going in. Are we going to be sound? Are we going to stay together and come up with big stops or find other ways? And that’s part of maturing as a team.”
In addition to being the best defensive team in the nation, Virginia also holds the edge in this matchup in rebounding, turnovers and bench play, not to mention the fact that the cavaliers pounded the Hokies senseless in their 81-59 home win on Jan. 15.
- Average Score For: 72.08
- Field Goals: 47.43%
- Three Points: 39.96%
- Free Throws: 75.38%
- Rebounds: 35.54
- Average Score Against: 54.42
- Field Goals: 37.56%
- Three Points: 26.69%
- Free Throws: 64.25%
- Rebounds: 29.75
Why Bet on No. 16 Virginia Tech?
Why should you consider betting on the Hokies in this one? The best reasons would be, because they’re playing at home and getting a half-dozen points.
The Hokies have won two straight after dropping their previous two and come into this matchup off a 70-64 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday by shooting a scorching 51.2% from the field and getting a stellar 29-point, 9-rebound, 3-assist performance from team leader Kerry Blackshear Jr.
“Got to keep our poise,” Blackshear Jr. said about his team’s matchup against Virginia. “I think they score just as good as anybody in the country. Defend just as good as anybody in the country. It’s going to be a big game. Cassell (Coliseum) is going to be rocking.”
Another good reason to back the Hokies is that they are no slouches themselves when it comes to playing defense. Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 points per game to rank an impressive ninth nationally in points allowed.
- Average Score For: 75.36
- Field Goals: 48.59%
- Three Points: 41.78%
- Free Throws: 75.47%
- Rebounds: 32.08
- Average Score Against: 61.12
- Field Goals: 40.59%
- Three Points: 34.10%
- Free Throws: 70.09%
- Rebounds: 29.44
Virginia vs Virginia Tech NCAAB Betting Trends
- Virginia is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- Virginia is 22-2 SU in the last 24 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Virginia’s last 5 games
- Virginia Tech is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Virginia Tech is 20-5 SU in the last 25 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of Virginia Tech’s last 10 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Virginia has won 10 of the last 13 meetings, but the series has been split in each of the last three seasons. Unfortunately for the Hokies, that’s not going to be the case this season as I expect Virginia to get the hard-fought road win in this meeting.
Virginia has gone 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss and a robust20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games. Virginia Tech is gone an uninspiring 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following an SU win and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. I’m going with Virginia for the win, but Virginia Tech to narrowly cover the chalk in a street brawl kind of matchup.
NCAAB Betting Pick: Virginia 69 Virginia Tech 65