While finishing the college basketball season ranked #1 in the nation is no guarantee of success in the tournament in March, it does give the top team a bit of a smoother path to a national championship. With just two weeks to play after the games this weekend, it is beginning to look as though no-one wants that top ranking, with the Villanova Wildcats the latest team to fall to an unranked opponent this season. Their loss is going to open the door for a new #1, and it’s Virginia’s for the taking right now. The Cavaliers and their #1 ranked defense have been consistently good all season long, and a win on Saturday night would see them finally get the reward that their efforts deserve. Getting to the top is not going to be easy, though, as they have an in-state rivalry game against the Virginia Tech Hokies to contend with. These two are pretty far apart in terms of talent, but those rivalry games have a way of making the betting odds underdog rise up and give their best. Is that what we will see on Saturday night in Charlottesville?

Virginia Tech Hokies Vs Virginia Cavaliers Game Info and Odds

What: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Virginia Cavaliers
When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. CT
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
TV: ESPN
NCAAB Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -13

Why bet on the Virginia Tech Hokies

The Virginia Tech Hokies would love nothing more than getting a win would prevent their in-state rivals from becoming the #1 team in the nation, but the reality is that it seems like a bit of a longshot. The Cavalier manhandled the Hokies in a 78-52 win in their previous meeting this season, with Virginia Tech playing that one at home. The Hokies have not been all bad this season, though, posting a 17-7 record, which includes a 6-5 record in conference play. They do have a win over a ranked opponent, too, taking out UNC a few weeks back, although that is their only win over a ranked team this season. Virginia Tech has a winning record on the road, going 4-3 in their 7 road games this season. This is a team that can score, averaging over 84 PPG this season, but the fact that they only managed 52 points in their previous meeting tells you exactly how good Virginia is defensively. The Hokies are 12-8 ATS and 14-6 O/U.

Virginia Tech Hokies Vs Virginia Cavaliers Game Info and Betting Odds

Why bet on the Virginia Cavaliers

Since losing their only game of the season to the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Virginia Cavaliers have won 15 straight games while continuing to ply a stifling brand of defensive basketball. During this run, the Cavs have beaten no less than 3 ranked teams, holding them to an average of just under 50 PPG, which is even better than their season average of just over 52 PPG. It could be argued that this team is getting better as the season progresses, although you do still have to be a little concerned about an offense that is way down the rankings in terms of PPG. How will they react if they get caught up in a game where the defense is a little off and a shootout breaks out? Virginia is 17-3-1 ATS and 5-16 O/U this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The last game between these two was not particularly close, and I think we can probably expect more of the same here as Virginia Cavaliers rolls to another win.

Predicted Score: Virginia Tech Hokies 58 Virginia Cavaliers 72

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