With conference play underway in NCAA basketball, there is a game between two in-state rivals. These teams are the Virginia Cavaliers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. According to the AP poll, the Cavaliers are ranked in the top two which shows just how elite this unit is. Last season, the Cavaliers defended their home court successfully against the Hokies and won by double digits. Now, Virginia Tech will be seeking revenge and will be looking for a huge road victory to boost its resume for March. Expect this game to be extremely competitive throughout as a result.
Virginia’s success is due to its team defense. Every year, Virginia is one of the best defensive teams in the country under coach Tony Bennett. This season is no different as the Cavaliers officially have the best scoring defense in all of college basketball. Virginia is allowing 52.4 points per game this season and will look to shut down Virginia Tech’s potent offense. Leading the Cavaliers offensively is guard Kyle Guy. This season, Guy is averaging 15.4 points per game and is shooting 40.5% from the three point line. If Virginia plans on winning this contest, Guy will need to have a big game from behind the arc.
Virginia Tech’s success is due to its veteran backcourt. Guards Justin Bibbs and Justin Robinson have been the leaders of this year’s team and also have boasted impressive stats thus far in the regular season. Bibbs is currently averaging 13.8 points per game along with 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Robinson is averaging 13.6 points per game along with 5.6 assists per game. Both of them have a tremendous amount of experience and know how to win in hostile environments. As a result, expect the Hokies to rely on these guards to carry them on Saturday.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Virginia. Although I think that Virginia Tech is a quality team, very few teams go into Virginia and win on the road. I think that Virginia’s defense will clamp down again as Virginia wins an extremely low scoring contest at home.
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Start Time: 6:15 P.M. EST
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia
How to Watch Virginia vs. Virginia Tech On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Online Without Cable Subscription
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