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No. 15 Louisville Cardinals at No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies (ESPN , 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Virginia Tech -5 , Total 140

Betting Matchup

Saturday’s 79-69 loss to North Carolina as a slight 1 -point home underdog ended Louisville’s recent straight-up six-game winning streak. This was just the third time in their last nine games that the Cardinals failed to cover against the spread.

The total stayed UNDER 158 points against the Tar Heels and it has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games. Sophomore forward Jordan Nwora leads Louisville (16-6 SU, 12-9-1 ATS) in scoring with 17.9 points per game, but was held to 11 points in Saturday’s loss.

In the ultimate defensive grinder, Virginia Tech almost doubled up North Carolina State on Saturday with a 47-24 victory as a three-point road underdog. The Hokies have won their last three games SU and ATS with the total staying UNDER in two of those contests.

They are tied with Louisville in the ACC standings at 7-2 as part of a SU record of 18-3. Virginia Tech is 13-8 ATS this season with a 7-4 record ATS at home. Junior forward Kerry Blackshear scored 13 points with 13 rebounds to help pace Saturday’s win.

Betting Trends

-- The Cardinals have covered in six of their last seven road games with the total staying UNDER in six of those seven contests.

-- The Hokies are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games played on Monday with the total staying UNDER in seven of those last nine Monday games.

-- The underdog has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of those five games.
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