between a big win over Louisville and a heavyweight fight versus Duke,
No. 13 Virginia will need little help getting up for its visit to
in-state rival Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash on Sunday. The
Cavaliers have owned the series of late, winning nine of the last 10
games, including a 71-48 thrashing at home on Feb. 1.
we know that (Cassell Coliseum) is crazy,” Virginia forward Isaiah
Wilkins told reporters, “because every time we go in there, we’re in a
close game, whether we come out on top or we lose. (Virginia coach Tony
Bennett will) bring that up for sure, but it’s just another game we’ve
got to be locked in for. We’ve just got to come out with some fire and
really be ready to play and be locked in for 40 minutes.” Wilkins scored
a career-best 15 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the
first contest, while junior guard Devon Hall added a career-high 17
points as Virginia posted its largest margin of victory in the series
since a 25-point win in 1991. On Monday, the Cavaliers used a 22-5 spurt
early in the second half to wipe out a two-point halftime deficit and
defeated an undermanned fourth-ranked Louisville squad 71-55. After
getting pounded by the Cavaliers, being held to a season low in points
while shooting 35.7 percent in the game, Virginia Tech dropped a 74-68
decision at Miami on Wednesday.
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Virginia opened this matchup versus its in-state rival favored by a
touchdown and the line has yet to move off of that number. The total hit
the board at 132.5. Check out the complete line history here.
INJURY REPORT: No injuries to report.
ABOUT VIRGINIA (18-5, 14-7 ATS, 7-13-1 O/U):
Senior guard London Perrantes scored 18 points and Wilkins added his
first career double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks
Monday night against the Cardinals. Perrantes leads Virginia in scoring
at 12.2 points per game, marking the lowest scoring average to lead any
team in a single season (Malcolm Brogdon 12.7 in 2013-14). Wilkins (7.7
points) leads the team in rebounding (6.1 per game), blocked shots (33)
and steals (27).
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (16-7, 9-10 ATS, 9-10 O/U): Sophomore
guard Justin Robinson led five players in double figures with 15
points, but the Hokies fell behind by as many as 17 in the second half
in the loss to the Hurricanes. Senior forward Zach LeDay, who had 10
points and 10 rebounds against Miami, leads the team in scoring (15.7
points), is second in rebounds (6.8) and has scored in double figures in
21 of 22 games this season. Four others average double figures,
including 6-6 sophomore Chris Clarke, who produces 11.7 points, a
team-high 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 59.3 percent from
* Virginia is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
* Virginia Tech is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 home games.
* Home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Under is 5-1-1 in Virginia’s last seven games overall.
* Under is 4-0 in Virginia Tech’s last four home games.
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COVERS CONSENSUS: The early consensus is giving Virginia the slight edge over its in-state rivals with 52 percent of wagers on the Cavaliers. Click here for complete consensus data.