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College Basketball Rivalry Week: Virginia Cavaliers take on Virginia Tech Hokies

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

What: Virginia Cavaliers (17-6, 7-3 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (11-12, 2-8 ACC)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Date: February 12, 2013
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Virginia -13.5; Pomeroy: UVA 71-55 (94%)
Last Meeting:UVA 74-58 in Blacksburg, 1/24/13

You would think that a team that's sitting third in the ACC -- THE ACC -- would feel pretty confident about its tournament chances. But with Virginia, nothing ever comes so easy. The Hoos have a tough finish to their regular season schedule and will need at least to break even in the remaining games if they're to remain relevant in NCAA Tournament talk.

Which means that, after a strong win at College Park on Sunday, Virginia must avoid the classic let-down game tonight as the Hoos host the Hokies. Tech is in the middle of a six-game losing streak, which they hope to break tonight at JPJ, the same place from which the Hokies were able to sneak out a win last season.

The formula for Virginia is really quite simple: contain Erick Green.

It's a big game and a big week for the Hoos. No room for error as Virginia looks towards the most important -- and most grueling -- portion of the season!

The road to the right side of the bubble starts today -- leave your game thoughts here and GO HOOS!