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Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) at Syracuse Orange (11-2)
Date & Time Sunday December 31, 2017, 6:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Syracuse Orange -2 -- Over/Under: 141
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NCAA BB | Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) at Syracuse Orange (11-2)

We have some ACC-tion on the hardwood as the Virginia Tech Hokies take on the Syracuse Orange in a college basketball matchup on Sunday. 

The Virginia Tech Hokies will try to keep the momentum going after winning 9 of their last 10 games, including a 76-59 victory over North Carolina A&T in their last outing. Ahmed Hill led the team with 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 4 threes, while P.J. Horne joined Hill as the lone Hokies to finish in double figures scoring with 10 points. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 8 points and a team-high 4 assists, while Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 5 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and Chris Clarke chipped in 8 points with 3 steals in the win. Hill leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game, while Clarke leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and Robinson is the team’s top assist man with 5.7 helpers per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is scoring the 6th-most points per game in the country with 91.3 per game, also boasting the top field goal percentage with a 54.5% mark and the 4th-best 3-point percentage, shooting 43.7% from downtown this season. The Hokies are also shooting 74.5% from the foul line this year.

The Syracuse Orange will look to build some momentum to start conference play after ending their non-conference slate with a 62-47 win over Eastern Michigan in their last outing. Tyus Battle led the team with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds with a pair of steals. Paschal Chukwu came 2nd with 15 points, 12 rebounds, a pair of steals and 5 blocks for a stat-stuffing double-double, while Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard each added 11 points. Brissett chipped in 12 rebounds for a double-double of his own, while Howard dished out a team-high 7 assists while adding 4 steals as well. Battle leads the team in scoring with an average of 20.1 points per game, while Howard leads the way in assists with 6.2 assists per game and Oshae Brissett is the team’s top rebounder by averaging a double-double per game with 15.2 points to go along with his team-high 10 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Syracuse is scoring 72 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 29.8% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Virginia Tech is 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Syracuse is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 17-8-2 in their last 27 games overall. Virginia Tech is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Syracuse. 

The Carrier Dome is one of the toughest places in the country to go on the road and win. However, I’m not leaving points on the table with a Hokies team that can light up the scoreboard and has had the bulk of the success in this matchup ATS. The Hokies have also done really well against the number in conference, while the Orange have struggled to follow up a win with a solid performance so I’ll take the points in a game I have Virginia Tech winning outright.

Virginia Tech +2

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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