Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (9-4) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, SUN
The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum as they play heir ACC college basketball season opener.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 8-5 this season and hey are coming off of a 31-point loss at West Virginia. VT is averaging 69.2 points and they are shooting 49 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.5 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Adam Smith leads the Hokies averaging 12.2 points per game. Justin Bibbs is averaging 12 points, Joey van Zegeren is averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Ahmed Hill is averaging 8.4 points. Virginia Tech is 7-2 at home this season.
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The Syracuse Orange are 9-3 this season and they have won their last three games. Syracuse is averaging 70.4 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 57.8 points and their opponents are shooting 37.2 percent. Rakeem Christmas leads the Orange averaging 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.2 points, Chris McCullough is averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Michael Gbinije is averaging 9.6 points. Syracuse is 0-2 on the road this season.
Virginia Tech is 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 home games, 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. Syracuse is 11-4-1 against the spread in their last 16 road games, 3-8 against the spread following a win, and 1-6-1- against the spread against the ACC.
I have been down on the Orange this year but this looks to be a good spot for them as VT just has a lot of work to do.