The Virginia Tech Hokies enter Monday’s matchup against the Duke Blue Devils in lousy shape and losers of seven consecutive games. After a promising start, the Hokies’ downfall has been impressively bad, but there is still time to salvage the season.
Can Virginia Tech get back on track Monday or will visiting Duke send them further into despair?
Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for Virginia Tech vs Duke. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.
Virginia Tech Stuck in Rut
On Monday, this Hokies team’s primary goal will be to snap out of the cold streak that they’ve been stuck in after starting the season 11-1. Since their hot start, the Hokies are on a disastrous seven-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 21.
There have been some close calls, like Saturday’s 51-50 loss to then-No. 19 Clemson, but they also smoked 78-68 by then-No. 10 Virginia last Wednesday.
From a betting standpoint, things are similar as Virginia Tech is on an 0-7 slide and 6-13 since the start of the season. Strangely, the oddsmakers continue to insert the Hokies as betting favorites, despite being 5-11 when favored.
With a complete lack of scoring and the nation’s 157th-ranked scoring offense, Virginia Tech will have to rely on its defense to win this one.
Duke Seeking Back-to-Back Wins
It may not seem like a terribly impressive accomplishment, but winning back-to-back games has been an issue for Duke this season. Since the start of conference play, the Blue Devils are 1-3 straight up following an outright victory.
Seeing as how Duke beat then-No. 17 Miami on Saturday, its inability to win consecutive games will be tested again.
Unfortunately for bettors, their issues extend to their record against the spread, where the Blue Devils are just 7-12 ATS and 0-5 in their previous five games. Duke, too, needs to cover as a favorite, and this will be the first game of the season where it is the underdog. The fact that two of their last four games fell within two points is a positive sign.
Virginia Tech vs Duke Game Injuries
Virginia Tech vs Duke Head-to-Head
Virginia Tech beat Duke last season 82-67 and covered easily as +6 underdogs. But Duke is 4-2 SU in their previous six games.
Virginia Tech vs Duke Game Information
- Game: Duke (14-5, 5-3 ACC) vs Virginia Tech
- Location: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Virginia Tech vs Duke Live stream: TBS.com
Virginia Tech vs Duke Betting Lines
Virginia Tech vs Duke Picks and Prediction
While there is no denying that the Virginia Tech Hokies are in bad shape, there have been signs of life recently. Their near-miss against Clemson was a big step forward, and the Hokies are ready to get back on track and start winning games again. Duke won’t go down easy, but in the end, the Hokies are a better team with home-court advantage and a dire need for a win.
Virginia Tech is listed at -145 in our Vegas NCAAB lines. If you wager $100 on Virginia Tech, you can win $69. Duke is +125, offering a chance to win $125 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Virginia Tech a 59.18% chance to win, with Duke at 44.44%.