Virginia Basketball vs. Virginia Tech Game Preview, Score Prediction - Sports Illustrated

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The Virginia men's hoops squad returns location to big Virginia Tech successful the Commonwealth Clash connected Wednesday nighttime astatine John Paul Jones Arena. The 10th-ranked Cavaliers person won each of their past 3 games and instrumentality to the AP Top 10 for the archetypal clip since earlier Christmas. Meanwhile, the Hokies person mislaid their past 5 games and travel into this crippled with a dismal 1-5 grounds successful ACC play. But successful a rivalry game, each the records and winning and losing streaks get thrown retired the window. Expect a hard-fought and closely-contested conflict betwixt these in-state archrivals. 

Read connected for a afloat preview of Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, including details connected the game, an hostile scouting report, crippled notes, and a people prediction. 

Game Details

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (13-3, 5-2 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (11-6, 1-5 ACC)

When: Wednesday, January 18th astatine 7pm ET

Where: John Paul Jones Arena successful Charlottesville, Virginia

How to watch: ESPNU

How to stream: fuboTV (Start your escaped trial)

How to listen: SiriusXM 132 oregon 193, SXM App 965 | Virginia Sports Radio Network - click present for affiliates

All-time series: Virginia leads 96-58

Last meeting: Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 62-53 connected February 14th, 2022 successful Blacksburg.

Opponent Scouting Report: Virginia Tech

2022-2023: 11-6, 1-5 ACC
Notable results: Penn State 61-59 W, astatine Charleston 77-75 L, North Carolina 80-72 W, Oklahoma State 70-65 W, Boston College 70-65 (OT) L, Wake Forest 77-75 L, Clemson 68-65 L, NC State 73-69 L, Syracuse 82-72 L

The 2022 ACC Tournament Championships started this play 11-1 with that sole nonaccomplishment coming connected the roadworthy against Charleston, a squad that is present 19-1 connected the season. Then, Virginia Tech's play went disconnected the rails. An overtime nonaccomplishment astatine Boston College connected December 21st was the opening of a five-game losing streak that continues heading into this crippled and the Hokies find themselves successful hopeless request of a triumph arsenic they are 1-5 successful ACC play and staring astatine a three-game agelong featuring roadworthy games astatine No. 10 Virginia and No. 19 Clemson, followed by a location crippled against Duke. 

One large crushed for Virginia Tech's caller struggles is the lack of Hunter Cattoor, arsenic the MVP of the 2022 ACC Tournament has missed the past 4 games of this losing streak with an elbow injury. Fortunately for the Hokies, it appears that Cattoor is expected to instrumentality for the crippled astatine Virginia connected Wednesday, according to caput manager Mike Young. A 40.3% three-point shooter averaging 9.6 points per game, Cattoor is 1 of Virginia Tech's champion players connected some ends of the level erstwhile healthy. 

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Although Virginia Tech mislaid Keve Aluma, Nahiem Alleyne, and Storm Murphy from past year's team, the Hokies instrumentality respective cardinal contributors from the ACC Championship team, including Sean Pedulla, Justyn Mutts, and Darius Maddox successful summation to Cattoor. 

The 6'1" defender Sean Pedulla has built disconnected of his awesome freshman play and is successful the midst of a stellar sophomore campaign, starring the squad successful some scoring (16.8 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg). Pedulla changeable a blistering 44.7% from 3 arsenic a freshman, but arsenic his measurement arsenic astir tripled this play (2.1 to 5.9 attempts per game), his three-point percent has tanked to 33.0%. He is inactive capable to get blistery astatine anytime and with Cattoor backmost connected the floor, that should effect successful higher prime looks for Pedulla from the perimeter arsenic well. 

The 5th play of assemblage hoops for 6'7" guardant Justyn Mutts has been his champion and astir businesslike truthful far. His 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per crippled averages are each career-highs and Mutts is besides shooting a career-high 45.5% from 3 and 58.1% from the floor. 

Virginia Tech added Wright State postgraduate transportation Grant Basile, a 6'9" guardant who was a two-time All-Horizon League selection. Basile is susceptible of stretching the level astatine 39.0% from 3 and has fixed the Hokies a monolithic assistance connected some ends of the floor, averaging 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. 6'5" inferior defender Darius Maddox rounds retired the starting five, averaging 9.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. 

Former Clemson transportation Lynn Kidd gives Virginia Tech a accepted halfway enactment disconnected the bench. The 6'10" inferior is shooting 64.6% from the floor. The Hokies besides bring successful 6'4" freshman defender MJ Collins (3.1 ppg) and 6'9" inferior guardant Mylyjael Poteat (4.2 ppg) disconnected the bench. 6'4" freshman Rodney Rice made his collegiate debut successful Virginia Tech's past crippled against Syracuse. He scored conscionable 2 points successful 29 minutes, but the Hokies are precise excited astir his potential. 

Virginia and Virginia Tech reflector each different successful a fig of ways. Both the Cavaliers and Hokies person stingy half-court defenses, ranking archetypal and third, respectively, successful the ACC successful scoring defense. Both teams are comfy playing astatine a dilatory pace, with experienced guards moving the discourtesy to get the champion imaginable shot. It would travel arsenic nary astonishment for this crippled to beryllium adjacent coming down to the last minutes. 

Game Notes

  • Virginia holds a 96-58 grounds against Virginia Tech successful the all-time bid which dates backmost to the 1914-1915 season.
  • UVA is 40-13 against Virginia Tech successful games played successful Charlottesville and the Cavaliers person won each of the past 3 games against the Hokies astatine John Paul Jones Arena.
  • Virginia and Virginia Tech divided the 2 game-series past season, with the Cavaliers winning successful Charlottesville and the Hokies winning successful Blacksburg.
  • This matchup is worthy a half-point successful the 2022-2023 Commonwealth Clash, which Virginia presently leads 4.5-1.0.
  • Virginia is 3rd successful the ACC standings astatine 5-2 and Virginia Tech is 12th astatine 1-5.
  • With 110 vocation wins, Kihei Clark is 1 triumph distant from passing Mamadi Diakite for astir vocation wins astatine Virginia.
  • Armaan Franklin is 50 points distant from reaching 1,000 vocation points scored.

Prediction

The Hokies are a overmuch amended squad than their 1-5 ACC grounds indicates. Each of those 5 losses person travel by 10 points oregon little and 3 of them came by 4 points oregon less. Virginia Tech has respective players with championship-winning acquisition and with Hunter Cattoor expected to return, the Hokies should beryllium capable to bent with the Cavaliers and marque this a adjacent game, arsenic has been the lawsuit successful the past respective matchups betwixt these 2 programs. 

On the different hand, Virginia has the momentum of a three-game winning streak, the vantage of playing astatine home, and should person nary occupation "getting up" for the situation arsenic UVA tries to regain the precocious manus successful this in-state rivalry. With Reece Beekman astir backmost astatine afloat strength, the Cavaliers person started to rediscover their early-season magic implicit the past 3 games, some connected defence and successful their three-point shooting. That should beryllium capable for the Hoos to clasp disconnected the Hokies astatine JPJ. 

Score prediction: Virginia Tech 64, Virginia 68


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