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Monday night is full of quality college basketball games across the country, but the only one featuring two ranked teams is in the state of Virginia. Virginia Tech welcomes bitter rival Virginia to Blacksburg for a matchup between the No. 22 Hokies and No. 4 Cavaliers. 


Despite being at home, Virginia Tech is currently 5.5-point underdogs to UVA on the FanDuel Sportsbook. When these two teams played in Charlottesville earlier in the year, UVA came out on top, 81-59, completely stifling Virginia Tech's offense. 


But before placing a bet on either of these teams, it'd probably be smart to see what the experts have to say about the basketball version of the Commonwealth Cup. 


Virginia vs Virginia Tech Prediction 

Brad Evans 

Brad Evans of Yahoo likes the Cavs to cover in this game. 


Sports Chat Place

Sports Chat Place likes Virginia to cover the spread due to Virginia Tech's poor play of late and the fact that its missing point guard Justin Robinson. The Hokies will have trouble scoring without their playmaker, or at least that's what SCP believes. 


Derek Patrick - TheSpread.com

Derek Patrick of TheSpread believes Virginia Tech covers the spread and possibly even wins. He likes the Hokies high-powered offense being able to offset Virginia's spectacular defense and sees a slow-paced game that comes down to the final possessions. 


Barstool Sports

Big Cat and El Pres are both backing UVA -5, which is dangerous according to them.


ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

While our experts are split, the raw numbers favor the Cavaliers in this matchup. According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, Virginia has a 62.8 percent chance to win this game to just 37.2 percent for the Hokies. 


So that's 3-of-4 predictions going Virginia's way with the spread and one for Virginia on the moneyline. Virginia Tech and Virginia tip off at 7 p.m. Monday night


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