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#809 Virginia -2.5 vs.
#810 Virginia Tech 113
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Virginia Cavaliers will collide with the Virginia Tech Hokies in a huge ACC rivalry showdown Wednesday evening from the Cassell Coliseum. The Cavaliers tallied a 59-56 road win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, and the Hokies were tagged with an 88-64 road loss to Duke in their previous action. Virginia crushed Virginia Tech 65-39 in the first meeting last month.

Red-Hot Virginia Knocks Off Pittsburgh, Targets Fifth Straigt Win

The Virginia Cavaliers head into this one as one of the hottest teams in the tough ACC. They have registered the victory in four consecutive games highlighted by their spectacular defensive play. The Cavaliers have improved their conference record to 11-5, good for fourth in the ACC. Virginia is now pegged as a #10 seed in ESPN’s Bracketology. They held on for a 59-56 road win against Pittsburgh on Saturday to cover the 2.5 point spread.

Mamadi Diakite is thriving, connecting on 50% of his field goals in three straight games. The senior forward earned the double-double with 10 points and 10 boards in Saturday’s victory and he enters this one averaging 13.4 PPG and 6.7 RPG. Kihei Clark is also playing well, accumulating a combined 34 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard is now averaging 10.8 PPG and a team-leading 6 APG. Braxton Key has reached double-digits in points in two straight clashes. The senior guard owns an average of 10 PPG and 7.2 RPG.

The Cavaliers received plenty of votes but did not make AP Top 25 rankings this week, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 49th in his ratings. Virginia is 5-4 on the road and they are scoring an average of 57.7 points, ranking them 349th in DI. The Cavaliers' vaunted defense is holding opponents to 52.7 points which is the best in the country.

Virginia Tech Crushed by Duke, Fall to 6-10 in ACC Action

The Virginia Tech Hokies have not been able to win games with any consistency in ACC play. They have dropped seven out of their last eight games overall due primarily to their inability to hit shots with consistency. They have plummeted to 6-10 in ACC play on the season and won’t be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies were 15.5 point dogs in a rough 88-64 road loss to Duke on Saturday.

Landers Nolley II has hit a bump, reaching double-digits in points in only one out of his last three games. The freshman guard will attempt several three’s but is only shooting 33% from deep and he is sporting an average of 16.7 PPG and 6.1 RPG. Tyrece Radford is having a terrific season and has collected a combined 19 rebounds in his last two games. The freshman guard is currently averaging 10.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Nahiem Alleyne has shot at least 50% in two out of his last three contests. The freshman guard is posting an average of 9.4 PPG.

The Hokies are placed 97th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 11-5 on their home court. Virginia Tech is averaging 70.6 points, ranking them 196th in DI. They are allowing an average of 66.8 points, positioning them 108th overall.

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I like Virginia in this rivalry game. The Cavaliers are gearing up for another exciting March run and are playing outstanding basketball right now. They have won four straight and seven out of their last eight contests overall. The Cavs continue to play incredible defense and they limited this Hokies team to 39 points in their dominating 65-39 home win in the first meeting last month.

Furthermore, the Hokies are stumbling, losing seven out of their last eight games overall. They haven’t been very close either as five out of their last seven defeats have occurred by at least seven points. The Hokies' home court hasn't meant a whole lot as they have also dropped three out of their last four home games.

Prediction: Virginia Cavaliers

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I am opting for the over in this one. Virginia has increased its offensive production and the over has cashed in three games in a row as a result. They have averaged 67 points in their last three games and the Hokies defense hasn’t been sharp. Virginia Tech has squandered over 70 points in seven out of their last eight games, plus the over is 5-1 in the Hokies’ last six games overall.

In addition, the Hokies won’t score many points but should at least post a respectable number on their home court. The over is a perfect 5-0 in the Cavaliers last five road games and that trend should cash again in this contest.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Virginia team total offered on PointsBet is another solid prop. The Cavaliers are progressing from an offensive standpoint. They have averaged 67 points in their last three games and have shot at least 44% from the field in that span which is a huge improvement on their season average of 41.4% shooting.

Prediction: Virginia Team Total Over

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I am taking the under on the first half total. Virginia has only averaged 27 points in the first half on the road this season. The Cavaliers' first-half defense is outstanding. They are allowing an average of only 25 points in the first half this season. The second half should feature more offense.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.