The Hokies square off against the Cavaliers in a eastern seaboard affair scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. ACC College Basketball Free Pick: Virginia Tech at Virginia.
With a win it is likely that Virginia (-12, 127.5) will move into the top spot in the college basketball national rankings. The Cavs have dominated the Hokies recently and are working on a 15-game winning streak. The No #2 ranked Cavaliers are coming off a 59-55 win versus Florida State this past week while No #1 rated Villanova fell to St. John’s.
Defense has been the calling card for Virginia. The Cavaliers task at hand today will be to slow the up-tempo scheme of the Hokies. VT enters the conference tilt as the second-ranked offense in the ACC averaging 84.7 points per game.
Hokies’ guard Justin Robinson recorded a career-high 32 points in Tech’s 10-point victory on Wednesday over North Carolina State. The Hokies have five players averaging more than 11-points per game. The perimeter oriented Virginia Tech squad is led by guard Justin Bibbs (13.8 ppg) and the starting backcourt for the Hokies will have to be at their best to break through the nation’s best defense.
The Cavaliers are a perfect 12-0 in conference play. Virginia has only two players averaging double-digit points. Kyle Guy and Devon Hall lead a balanced offense and deep Cavs bench. Virginia has eight players that average more than 15 minutes of court time per game.
Virginia has allowed more than 63 points on their home floor only once this season. They have also allowed only 36 points to Clemson, 49 to North Carolina and a mere 37 to Wisconsin this season. Their lone loss this year came during the non-conference schedule when they fell to the Mountaineers of West Virginia 68-61. The most points the Cavs “D” has surrendered this season was in their loss to WVU, 68 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor.
ACC College Basketball Free Pick: Virginia Tech at Virginia
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