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How and what to watch for No. 16 Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse

Syracuse snapped a small losing skid, and Virginia Tech will return to the court after seeing its last game postponed.

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Virginia Tech Hokies forward Cordell Pemsl and guard Wabissa Bede react after the first half against the South Florida Bulls at Mohegan Sun Arena. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

After having their last game postponed, the 16th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will return to the court on Saturday, January 23 when they take on the Syracuse Orange on the road.

Virginia Tech was on a three-game winning streak before its scheduled home game with the Boston College Eagles was postponed earlier this week due to COVID-19 issues. The Hokies come into this game with an 11-2 overall record including 5-1 in ACC play, second only to the Virginia Cavaliers. Despite the high ranking in the polls, Virginia Tech is 35th in the latest KenPom adjustment.

Syracuse lost two consecutive games before blowing out the Miami Hurricanes 83-57 in their last time out Tuesday night. The Orange improved to 8-4 overall, including 2-3 in the ACC for 10th place in the conference. Syracuse checks in at No. 42 in KenPom, and its success is led by its performance on offense, which ranks 31st in adjusted efficiency.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse on Saturday, January 23rd at 12:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network Alt, which is available via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Syracuse -1.5
Point Total: 140.5
Money line: Virginia Tech +102, Syracuse -125

  • Virginia Tech is 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in its last eight games.
  • Virginia Tech is 3-10 straight up in its last 13 games against Syracuse but 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings.
  • Syracuse is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games and is 7-1 straight up in its last eight home games.

The Best Bet

Virginia Tech has become accustomed to playing tight games with five of their six ACC contests being determined by seven points or less.

Syracuse is a slight two-point favorite at home but expect the Hokies continue to keep their momentum moving forward against a game Orange defense.

Pick: Virginia Tech +1.5

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