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Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Syracuse at Virginia Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cassell Coliseum
Blacksburg, Virginia
The Line
The Line: Virginia Tech -6 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Syracuse Orange and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cassell Coliseum.

The Syracuse Orange look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 71.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 18.2 points and 3.1 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 14.9 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is dishing 3.9 assists. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won all three road games this season.

The Virginia Tech Hokies look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 78.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is averaging 18.3 points and 3.5 assists while Kerry Blackshear Jr. is averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. Ahmed Hill is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Robinson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won all 10 home games this season.

The Orange are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games, 16-37-1 ATS in their last 54 Saturday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hokies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Orange are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 23-9-1 in Orange last 33 road games. The over is 5-1 in Hokies last 6 overall.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between Virginia Tech and Syracuse, and the Orange have proven they can win on the road this season with a defense that travels. The problem is the Virginia Tech Hokies have the outside shooting to expose that Syracuse zone defense, and they're winning their home games by an average of 28.7 points while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. If those shots are falling again, Syracuse simply doesn't have the offensive firepower to respond. I get why the orange and the points are an attractive option, but this is a matchup the Hokies can run away with at home. I'll eat the reasonable chalk. 

Pick:
Virginia Tech -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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