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Virginia Tech vs Syracuse Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds

Hokies vs Orange Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Virginia Tech Hokies at Syracuse Orange
  • Where: Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds: Virginia Tech -1.5, VTECH -126 | SYRA +103 O/U 139.5

Hokies Preview:

Virginia Tech heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-5. So far, the Hokies have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 0-3. This season, Virginia Tech has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 11-5. For today’s contest, Virginia Tech has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

Virginia Tech’s leading scorer this season is Sean Pedulla, who is averaging 17.25 points per contest. So far, Pedulla has accounted for 23.21% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.62 rebounds per game and 4.25 assists. Grant Basile is the second leading scorer for the Hokies, averaging 13.19 points per game. Between him and Basile, they are accounting for 41.0% of the team’s scoring.

Virginia Tech comes into their matchup vs Syracuse looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 215th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 39.3%. So far, 41.43% of the Hokies’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 62.1 possessions per game.

Orange Preview:

The Syracuse Orange head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 10-6. Currently, the Orange have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 8-3. So far, the Orange have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Syracuse will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Joseph Girard III who is averaging 16.81 points per game for the Orange. III is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Orange’s offensive game plan is the play of Judah Mintz who has hit 44.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.94 points per game.

So far this season, Syracuse has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.4 points per game (48th). This strong figure has come despite the Orange playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.7% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Syracuse’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.0%

Free Spread Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies -1.5

For this showdown between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Syracuse Orange, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Virginia Tech and Syracuse are 121st and 97th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Virginia Tech continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 39.3% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -1.5 in favor of Virginia Tech, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.

 


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