Virginia vs Virginia Tech Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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The Virginia Tech Hokies (11-6, 1-5 ACC) will be attempting to stop a five-game losing skid when hitting the road against the Virginia Cavaliers (13-3, 5-2 ACC) on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at John Paul Jones Arena. It airs at 7:00 PM ET.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Cavaliers and the Hokies sees the Cavaliers as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is 126.5 points for the game.

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Odds

Point Spread for Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Virginia as the favorite.

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Virginia has -237 odds to pick up the win, while Virginia Tech is listed at +192 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 126.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Arena: John Paul Jones Arena

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Betting Trends

Virginia has five wins against the spread in 16 games this season. The Cavaliers have been chosen as favorites in 10 games this year and have walked away with the win eight times (80%) in those games. Virginia’s games this year have hit the over eight times in 17 opportunities (47.1%).

Virginia Tech is 7-10-0 against the spread this year. The Hokies are playing as the moneyline underdog for the first time this season. Virginia Tech has eclipsed the over/under 47.1% of the time this year (eight of 17 games with a set point total).

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Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Key Players to Watch

Virginia

Kihei Clark is tops on his squad in assists per contest (6.0), and also posts 11.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. Defensively, he delivers 1.4 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Reece Beekman is averaging 9.9 points, 4.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. Armaan Franklin posts 11.9 points and 1.2 assists per game — both team highs. He is also posting 4.3 rebounds, shooting 41.2% from the floor and 40.2% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game. Kadin Shedrick averages 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest, shooting 69.1% from the floor.

Virginia Tech

Justyn Mutts paces the Hokies in rebounding (7.9 per game), and averages 13.6 points and 3.9 assists. He also posts 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. Grant Basile is putting up 13.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, making 49.7% of his shots from the floor and 39.0% from 3-point range, with 1.9 treys per game. The Hokies get 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Darius Maddox.

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What you need to know about the Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are putting up 69.5 points per game this season (236th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really provided a lift defensively, surrendering only 59.4 points per game (11th-best). Virginia is averaging 29.8 rebounds per game (294th-ranked in college basketball). It is allowing 28.3 rebounds per contest (45th-ranked).

Offensively the Cavaliers have fared better at home this season, averaging 68.4 points per game, compared to 68.0 per game away from home. Virginia ranks 23rd-best in college basketball with a three-point shooting percentage of 38.5%. It ranks 167th in college basketball by sinking 7.6 three-pointers per contest. The Cavaliers are surrendering 6.9 three-pointers per game (145th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 34.2% three-point percentage (240th-ranked).

The Cavaliers have two wins against the spread, and are 7-3 overall, over their last 10 contests. Four of Virginia’s past 10 contests have hit the over. In its last 10 games, Virginia has been racking up 65.2 points per contest, an average that’s slightly lower than the 69.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Virginia’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (59.4) reflects no change from its season-long per-game points allowed average during the 2022-23 campaign.

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What you need to know about the Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies score 74.2 points per game and give up 65.8, ranking them 136th in the country offensively and 88th on defense. In 2022-23, Virginia Tech is 140th in the country in rebounds (33.1 per game) and 224th in rebounds conceded (31.8).

Virginia Tech makes 7.5 3-pointers per game and shoots 33.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 179th and 200th, respectively, in the country. In 2022-23, the Hokies are 110th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (6.6 per game) and 103rd in defensive 3-point percentage (31.7%).

The Hokies have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. Virginia Tech has gone over the total in five of its last 10 contests. Virginia Tech has played worse offensively over its previous 10 games, averaging 71.4 points per contest, 2.8 fewer points its than season average of 74.2. The Hokies are surrendering 66.1 points per contest over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 65.8 points allowed.

Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Virginia, and we expect that Virginia will cover the spread (Virginia -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 126.5 points.

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How to bet Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

You can bet on Virginia vs. Virginia Tech at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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