The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1.
Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.
Past winners are Case Keefer in 2018-19 and 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.
Virginia Tech plus-2.5 vs. Virginia: $440 to win $400
Virginia has won four in a row to solidify its spot in the NCAA Tournament where the Cavaliers will have a shot to defend their title. That doesn’t mean they’re back.
This is still the worst Virginia team coach Tony Bennett has put on the floor since his first couple seasons in Charlottesville, Va. Three of the Cavaliers’ last four wins have come via the miraculous variety, with margins of three points or less.
Virginia Tech has suffered the flipside of such luck. Two of the Hokies’ last three losses have come in overtime. The Hokies have a much better offense than the Cavaliers and should be able to push the pace and make their in-state rivals uncomfortable.
This looks like a situation where the road team is overvalued and the home team is undervalued. That’s always a spot worth betting.
Current Standings: Keefer (27-24-2, $8,835), Grimala (14-5, $8,665), Brewer (14-12, $7,005), Emerson (13-16, $5,750)