The number 2 ranked Virginia Cavaliers hit the road after a home friendly stretch to take on Georgia Tech tonight at 8 o clock down in Atlanta. The Cavs are holding opponents to just 52.9 points per game and 36.4% shooting from the field. Before we get to the preview, here are some trends:

  • The Hoos are 10-3 against the spread as a favorite this season.
  • UVA has gone under in 18 of their last 26 road contests.
  • Georgia Tech is 28-14 against the spread in ACC games the last three years.
  • The Yellow Jackets have won 10 of their last 16 at home in this series.

Georgia Tech may be 10-7, but that record is probably better with their roster/lineup intact. They’ve dealt with some attrition this season with players either sitting out because of eligibility issues or injuries. Josh Okogie has played in only nine contests, but is leading the team averaging almost 19 points per game. Ben Lammers is putting up nearly a double-double falling just one rebound per contest short of that. The team already has a home win over Miami this season so they do have a bit of a homecourt advantage. This is just the Hoos 4th true road game beating Virginia Tech and VCU while losing at West Virginia. Defense travels though with the Cavaliers so that’s not as much of a worry. The offense has been better as well so the low total and high spread factor doesn’t scare me as much. Usually when a team is a big favorite like UVA is, you don’t like to take the favorite with a low total because there will be so few possessions. I think the win streak continues for UVA in this one, but it won’t be easy.

Virginia 58, Georgia Tech 51

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