Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Cavaliers Preview

The defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers have won four of their past five road games, including a 59-56 victory at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Point guard Kihei Clark led four Cavaliers in double figures with 17 points, and Virginia held on after nearly squandering a late 14-point lead.

Mamadi Diakite posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Clark scored 18 points and Diakite grabbed 10 boards in the first meeting with rival Virginia Tech, a 65-39 victory in Charlottesville on Jan. 4. Including that win against the Hokies, who shot just 27.1 percent from the field, Virginia is 11-0 this season and 98-2 under coach Tony Bennett when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points.

Virginia Tech Hokies Preview

Including a 102-95 triple-overtime loss to Miami on Feb. 19, Virginia Tech has dropped three of its past four home games heading into a Wednesday visit from Virginia. The slow-starting Hokies followed up that defeat with an 88-64 setback at Duke on Saturday, unable to overcome a 51-25 halftime deficit.

Tyrece Radford led Virginia Tech with 16 points against the Blue Devils, but leading scorer Landers Nolley II (16.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game) was held to three points and one board. Nolley scored almost half of the Hokies’ points (18) in a 65-39 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville on Jan. 4. Virginia Tech shot 4 of 25 (16 percent) from long range against the Cavaliers, with P.J. Horne going 0-for-9 from beyond the arc.