Virginia Cavaliers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – NCAAM February 10

No. 9 Virginia (13-3, 9-1) at Georgia Tech (9-6, 5-4)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA
  • TV: RSN

Tip-Off

Virginia has won eight out of nine since the 98-75 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 26 and the Cavaliers sit atop the ACC and one game ahead of Florida State in the loss column. Georgia Tech has won two of it’s last three and the Yellow Jackets sit at sixth in the ACC and they are 3-3 since their 17-day pause for COVID-19.

Virginia holds a 44-40 lead in the series, but has traditionally struggled in Atlanta as the Cavaliers are 14-24 in Atlanta.

The Cavaliers won the earlier meeting in Charlottesville as they erased a 49-38 Yellow Jackets lead midway through the second half. Sam Hauser had 22 points and Jay Huff added 18 as Virginia posted a 64-62.

Hauser averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week as he checked in as the ACC Player of the Week. Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado (17.6 ppg) is third in the league in scoring and Moses Wright is sixth in the ACC in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg).

Vs. The Spread

Virginia:

  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of UVA’s last 7 games
  • The Cavaliers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games
  • Virginia is 7-0 SU in it’s last 7 outings vs. the Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech:

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 6 games
  • Tech is 7-0 SU in it’s last 7 home games
  • The Yellow Jackets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 homes games vs. the Cavaliers

Last Time Out

Sam Hauser scored 23 points and Tomas Woldetensae added 14 as Virginia passed Pitt, 73-66. The Cavaliers broke the game open in scoring 16 consecutive points in the second half. Hauser and Jay Huff each hit a pair of threes in that run.

Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame, 82-80, on Saturday as the Yellow Jackets set the program record with their 11th consecutive ACC home win. GT trailed by as many as 17 in the first half as the Jackets shot 58.3 percent for the game.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Virginia -4 (-110) -180 O 126.5 (-110)
Georgia Tech +4 (-110) +160 U 126.5 (-110)

Advantage, Virginia

Yes, Virginia, the Cavaliers are on the offensive in ’20-21 as the Wahoos have scored over 70 points ten times and the 71.4 points per game average ties the scoring output record under Tony Bennett (2018-19). The Cavs also shoot 49.5 percent from the floor while making 81.5 percent of their free throw (2nd/NCAA). Hauser (16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg – ACC) and Huff (47.9 FG%, 15.1 ppg – ACC) are a tough matchup with their size and shooting ability.

Key Cavaliers’ Stat:

The Cavaliers rank first nationally with only 9.0 turnovers per game. This has poured into the formula of an adjusted offensive efficiency rating of 116.3, ninth nationally according to kenpom.com. It also means that opponents’ points off turnovers are probably among the lowest in the nation.

X-Factor:

Getting consistent output from Tomas Woldetensae would be immense for Virginia as it would supplement the post game as well as Trey Murphy who has made 35 triples and shot 47.9 percent from three. Woldetensae scored 14 points six games ago at Clemson and did not score again until Saturday when he once again went for 14 in the win over Pitt.

Advantage, Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets come into the game comfortable and confident as they know they had the near miss at Virginia in a game many thought that they should have won. This is the first week of the season that the Yellow Jackets have ranked higher in defensive efficiency (5th) in the ACC than in offensive efficiency (7th). The matchups on Hauser and Huff will be the key as Moses Wright will draw potentially one or both. Josh Pastner is really strong in changing defenses and making adjustments inside a game to take advantage of teams’ weaknesses.

Key Yellow Jackets’ Stat:

Jose Alvarado (17 ppg) and Michael Devoe (15.8 ppg) are fourth and ninth in ACC games in scoring as they have been responsible for 46.7 percent of Georgia Tech’s points and they have scored or assisted 71.4 percent of Georgia Tech’s field goals in conference play.

X-Factor:

Jordan Usher can step up tonight and be a factor as his physicality will give Virginia problems as he has averaged 15.5 points per game in his last six games while he is shooting 47.8 percent and 35.7 percent from three in ACC games.

Winner: Virginia (-4) 69, Georgia Tech 64
Over-Under: Take OVER 126.5

The Bets
Virginia Cavaliers -4
-110
OVER 126.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.