Monday, February 18 at 7:00 PM ET
Two surging teams collide when the Virginia Cavaliers visit the Virginia Tech Hokies on Monday night. Virginia and Virginia Tech have both won their last two games and the Hokies will be after some vengeance after the Cavaliers crushed them 81-59 in the first meeting on January 15.
De'Andre Hunter carries Virginia
De'Andre Hunter scored 21 points, Kyle Guy had 15 and Jerome added 14 points and a career-high 12 assists to lead the way for a Virginia team that was 13-for-24 (54.2 percent) from beyond the arc while limiting Virginia Tech to just 7-for-21 (33.3 percent). Virginia also outrebounded Virginia Tech 27-19, including 19-13 on the defensive end. Limiting Virginia Tech's second-chance points again will be one of the keys to beat them again.
Keys to the game
Virginia Tech is playing stingy defense since the first meeting with Virginia, using a matchup zone that will require good ball movement from the Cavaliers in order to find openings. Virginia had 18 assists in the first game against Virginia Tech and they need to replicate that effort tonight.
Redshirt junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. can be the difference-maker for Virginia Tech, he exploded for 29 points in Saturday's 70-64 win at Pittsburgh, going 8-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds.
Blackshear Jr. has scored in double figures in his last five games, with 68.4 percent shooting in the past two games but he had just six points, two assists and one rebound on 3 of 6 shooting in 28 minutes against Virginia and he has to get going if Virginia Tech wants to put up a fight in this game.
NCAA Basketball Trends:
The Virginia Cavaliers are:
1-4 ATS in their last five games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents
0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win
1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech Hokies are:
9-3 ATS in their last 12 Monday games
12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games against a team with a winning road record
The home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings but Virginia Tech won't be in this game if they go 7-for-21 from distance once again, better 3-point shooting along with Blackshear Jr. crashing the boards more and contributing on offense can help them at least cover at home.
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