V-Tech @ Virginia NCAAB Game Preview and Prediction

Written by on February 8, 2016

This week the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-11) go across the state to take on the #7 Virginia Cavaliers (19-4). Virginia Tech is coming off a 60-57 win over Clemson on Saturday, while the Cavaliers completed a 64-50 win at Pitt on Saturday. Let’s take a look at this ACC matchup between the conference-leading Cavaliers and the 11th-place Hokies. Remember to check other online sportsbook odds for NCAAB by clicking here.

How to Bet on V-Tech vs Virginia Betting Lines and TV Info

When: Tuesday, February 9, 8 PM ESTWhere: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VirginiaTV: ESPN3Radio: 1140 WRVAStream Option: WatchESPNOpening NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why Should You Bet on Virginia Tech?

The Hokies have been agitating to move higher in the ACC. They took the Syracuse Orange to overtime on the road, and they knocked off the Clemson Tigers (who were three games above them in the conference standings) at home on Saturday. Zach LeDay has been key in the recent surge at Virginia Tech, and he scored 19 points and took down a dozen boards. He also made five free throws in the last 30 seconds of the game to help seal the victory. Virginia Tech had a 48-36 lead with 7:33 to go, but then the Tigers mountee a 16-3 run, taking a one-point lead with just under three minutes to go. However, Virginia Tech did not falter, instead retaking the lead and holding onto the win. This is a team that is playing better than their record indicates and appears to be on a trend to move upward in the ACC.

Why Should You Take Virginia?

Virginia is cruising along, in much the same way that they did two years ago when they won 13 straight in conference play and won their first of two consecutive ACC regular season championships. This year, they are 8-3 in the conference — they dropped three out of four in the beginning of January but are building their momentum toward the conference tournament and toward March. This is a team disciplined in ball movement, patiently waiting for the wide-open shot, rather than jacking up transition threes and giving the ball away earlier than they need to. That’s why they had 17 assists on 24 made baskets against Pitt, with just seven turnovers. They also have a solid bench, with senior center Mike Tobey and Marial Shayok able to contribute valuable minutes when the starters get in foul trouble. This is a team that plays suffocating defense while keeping their hand on the tempo offensively, no matter who the opponent is.

Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Virginia Tech is a fun team to watch right now, and they could give the Cavaliers some challenges in this game. However, Virginia is in a zone right now, so I dno’t expect the Hokies to come in and disrupt that. I am taking Virginia to win, although not in too much of a laugher, 79-71. If the line comes in at a dozen or more, check the injury reports to see if anyone from Virginia Tech is out. If not, consider taking the Hokies. IF the lion is lower, think about taking the Cavaliers.