The Virginia Tech Hokies (10-4, 1-2 ACC) head to Syracuse to take on the Orange (8-6, 1-2 ACC) in what should be a high-scoring game. Syracuse opened as a 4.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 137 points. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Virginia Tech Hokies at Syracuse Orange Free Preview
The last time the Hokies played, they were blown out by the No. 19 Virginia Cavaliers, 65-39. They were unable to cover as 6.5-point underdogs. With 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting, Landers Nolley II led Virginia Tech in scoring. Virginia held the Hokies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.5 (below their season average of 25.9). Virginia Tech, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (9-11; 81.8 percent). The two teams combined to score 104 points, which finished under the projected point total of 111.5.
The Orange were unable to cover as 3-point favorites in their 88-87 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their last contest. With 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Syracuse’s Marek Dolezaj played well. Notre Dame had a better turnover percentage (10.6 vs. 13.6). Syracuse, on the other hand, was lights out from beyond the arc (15-31; 48.4 percent). The two squads combined to score 175 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 137.5.
This meeting figures to be a shootout as two of the country’s top offenses face off. Syracuse currently ranks 48th with 110.2 points per 100 possessions and Virginia Tech is 59th (109.4).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Virginia Tech games have finished under 64.3 percent of the time, while games featuring Syracuse have finished over 64.3 percent of the time. The Hokies hold a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 10-4 SU and 7-7 ATS, while the Orange are 8-6 SU and 4-10 ATS.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Hokies won the lone game played against each other last season, 78-56. The Hokies played a flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.292 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.667. The Orange recorded marks of 0.127 and 0.445, respectively, for those same stats.
Virginia Tech Hokies at Syracuse Orange Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Syracuse, ATS Winner – Virginia Tech, O/U – Over
Virginia Tech ranks second in steals allowed per game (4.0) while Syracuse ranks 114th (6.6).
Syracuse is 3-7 ATS at home, while Virginia Tech is 2-3 ATS on the road.
Syracuse is 0-5 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Virginia Tech is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Orange’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 7.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hokies have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (5.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 52.2 points per game (9.2 below their season average).