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ACC Basketball Odds Virginia Tech Hokies vs Virginia Cavaliers Free Pick

Saturday college basketball and we will see the Virginia Tech Hokies travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the Virginia Cavaliers The game has a start time of 4:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ABC. Current Vegas betting odds have the Cavaliers listed as 19 point favorites, while the total is set at 117. 

Analysis: The Virginia Tech Hokies played a heck of a game vs Duke on Wednesday as they took the Blue Devils to before eventually losing the game 91-86. The Hokies have now lost 4 in a row and are just 10-18 overall, which includes a mark of 0-10 in true road games for the year. The Hokies have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Virginia. The Hokies have not been a good offensive squad this year, ranking 204th in scoring (66.6 ppg), 103rd in shooting (44.9%), 27th in 3 point shooting (39.2%) and 334th in FT shooting (62.9%). The defense for this team has been rather poor, ranking 256th in points allowed (69.0 ppg), 204th in defensive FG% (43.4%) and 164th in 3 point defense (33.8%).  

The Virginia Cavaliers have won 7 games in a row since their lone loss of the year, which was to Duke. The Cavs are now at 26-1 overall and lead the ACC by 2.5 games over the Duke Blue Devils, with a 14-1 record. The Cavs have gone 23-11-2 ATS in their last 36 vs. the ACC, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. The Cavaliers have not been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 209th in scoring (66.0 ppg), 64th in shooting (46.1%), 116th in 3 point shooting (35.6%) and 63rd in FT shooting (72.1%). Defensively the Cavs have been excellent this year, ranking 1st in points allowed (49.9 ppg), 2nd in defensive FG% (35.3%) and 20th in 3 point defense (29.9%). 

Pick: I will go with the Hokies here. The Cavs have not been a great point spread team of late as they have gone just 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games and they will be taking on a Virginia Tech squad that has been playing much better as the season has gone on. The Hokies lost by just 3 points earlier in the year vs the Cavaliers and they are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Virginia just blew out Wake Forest, but this is not a team that has been able to do that very much of late and In don't see them doing it here either.  

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