NCAA Basketball: Virginia Cavaliers vs Virginia Tech Hokies- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/30/2021, 11:05 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser (10) and guard Tomas Woldetensae (53) and forward Jay Huff (30) celebrate after defeating the Clemson Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball action will continue when two major rivals meet up on an action-packed Saturday slate. The #6 ranked Virginia Cavaliers will take on the #20 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Both teams are having great seasons and would love a win like this to hold bragging rights over the other.

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The Virginia Cavaliers are the presumed favorites heading into this game. They have an 11-2 record, with their two losses coming against the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the San Francisco Dons. They are currently on a seven-game winning streak and will look to ride that momentum into this game.

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The Hokies have a record of 12-3 and have had shakier moments than the Cavaliers. While the Cavs did lose to the Dons, that was a meaningless early season game. The Hokies lost to unranked Syracuse just one week ago. They also had a 20-point loss at the hands of Penn State in December.

So which one of these teams will leave this game with the W?

NCAA Basketball: Can the Hokies pull off an upset?

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This is truly an ACC heavyweight clash. The Cavaliers are currently sitting on a perfect ACC record of 7-0. They have been unstoppable ever since their blowout loss at the hands of the Bulldogs in December. While they are ranked 6th in the country, the Cavs still have to prove that they are still title contenders.

Jan 27, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Hunter Cattoor (0) dribbles as Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Dane Goodwin (23) defends in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Hokies may not still be running on the high of their early season win over the Villanova Wildcats, but they are looking to slay a proverbial giant here. However, can their guard-heavy fast-paced approach overcome the slow and calculating play of the Cavaliers?

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The Cavaliers will be lining up with Reece Beekman, Trey Murphy III, Kihei Clarks, Sam Hauser, and Jay Huff. Meanwhile, the Hokies will take the floor with Tyrece Radford, Nahiem Alleyne, Wabissa Bede, Kebe Aluma, and Justyn Mutts.

For our prediction, we have to go with the Cavaliers. They are hot as a bullet right now and will be looking forward to adding an eighth win to their ACC record.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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