Virginia vs Virginia Tech Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 18 (Hokies Fail to End ACC Losing Streak)

Larry Rupp
Virginia vs Virginia Tech prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Virginia vs Virginia Tech prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Mike Kropf
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Virginia vs Virginia Tech Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 10 Virginia (13-3, 5-2 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (11-6, 1-5 ACC)
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena -- Charlottesville, Virginia

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Wednesday with an thrilling matchup between the Virginia Tech Hokies and No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers. The Hokies saw their losing streak grow to five games with an 82-72 loss to Syracuse on Wednesday. Grant Basile tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Virginia took down Florida State by a score of 67-58 on Saturday to win their third straight ACC showdown. The Cavaliers shot 50.0% from three-point range (11-of-22) and held the Seminoles to a 26.3% shooting mark from downtown. Senior Armaan Franklin racked up a team-high 20 points.

Virginia vs Virginia Tech Odds & Spread

Virginia enters this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 126.5 points, which is below average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

Virginia vs Virginia Tech Betting Trends

  • Virginia's record against the spread is 5-11-0.
  • As a 7.5-point favorite or greater, the Cavaliers have two wins ATS (2-7).
  • Virginia has seen eight of its 16 games hit the over.
  • Virginia Tech's record against the spread is 6-11-0.
  • Virginia Tech has seen eight of its 17 games go over the point total.
Virginia Rank Virginia AVG Virginia Tech AVG Virginia Tech Rank
237th 69.5 Points Scored 74.2 137th
11th 59.4 Points Allowed 65.8 91st
295th 29.8 Rebounds 33.1 140th
316th 6.8 Off. Rebounds 7.8 257th
169th 7.6 3pt Made 7.5 179th
36th 15.9 Assists 14.5 94th
3rd 8.8 Turnovers 9.8 14th

Virginia vs Virginia Tech Prediction & Pick

The Hokies are in the midst of a frustrating stretch of basketball. They are off to a dismal 1-5 start in ACC play, but four of those losses came by less than six points. That means Virginia Tech is keeping the score within reach before falling apart when it matters the most. There is no positive momentum.

The same thing cannot be said about Virginia. The Cavaliers are continuing to do what they do best and that is play amazing defense. Head coach Tony Bennett's team ranks 35th in defensive efficiency and is allowing only 59.4 points per game (No. 9 in NCAA). That gives them a shot to win every night.

Virginia Tech has lost eight of its last nine away games against Virginia, so fade the Hokies here.

Final Score Prediction: Virginia: 67 | Virginia Tech: 58

Virginia vs Virginia Tech Best Bet

It was surprising to see this spread move toward the side of the Hokies overnight. Virginia Tech is a dreadful 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games overall and 1-6 ATS in its last seven away games. It is averaging only 70.4 points and shooting 44.1% from the floor in away games this season.

On the other side, Virginia is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games against Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers are shooting 38.5% from three-point range on the year (No. 18 in NCAA) and are 8-1 straight up in their last nine games at John Paul Jones Arena. I expect them to pull away in the second half of this one.

Bet: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5 (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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