Orange vs. Hokies Prediction
The 10th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies have not lost at home this season as they get set to host the Syracuse Orange tonight. Is Virginia Tech going to once again protect its home floor with another win as the favorites?
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Cassell Coliseum at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hokies are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 135.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 62 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Syracuse. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Orange win third in a row
Syracuse earned a 73-53 home win Thursday night over Miami to improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. The Orange outscored the Hurricanes 41-24 in the second half to pull away. Elijah Hughes led Syracuse with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 6-of-9 from 3-point distance. He added three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Buddy Boeheim contributed 12 points, three boards and two dimes off the bench. Tyus Battle added 10 points, nine assists and six caroms. Syracuse shot 26-of-53 from the field, 14-of-30 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Hokies dominated by Tar Heels
Virginia Tech lost by a count of 103-82 Monday night at North Carolina to fall to 15-3 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. The Hokies trailed 45-31 at halftime on its way to the defeat. Virginia Tech shot 27-of-61 from the floor, 13-of-28 from 3-point range and 15-of-16 from the free throw line. Ahmed Hill led Virginia Tech with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point distance and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. He also contributed three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kerry Blackshear Jr. had a double-double of 19 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker tallied 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Justin Robinson added 17 points, six assists, two boards and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. Syracuse is 16-37-1 ATS in its last 54 Saturday games.
The Hokies are 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. Virginia Tech is 0-4 ATS in its last four games versus a team with a winning straight up record.
Virginia Tech has lost two of its last three games, but even though it was blown out in both games it can be partly excused by it coming against two talented teams on the road against Virginia and North Carolina. The Hokies have an elite offense that should be able to offset Syracuse's strong zone defense. Being at home where it has excelled all season, I like Va. Tech to get the job done today and cover this spread.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH -7