FREE COLLEGE PICKS AGAINST SPREAD
Welcome to our Free College Picks Against Spread. Today we will be analyzing and previewing an ACC-Conference match-up between Syracuse and Virginia. At the end of the article we will be making our pick, which is always against the spread. Here is our 5th edition of “Free College Picks Against Spread”.
Syracuse (12-4, 6-8 ATS) @ Virginia (14-1, 9-3 ATS)
Game time: 7pm
Point Spread: Virginia -10
Venue : John Paul Jones Arena (At Virginia)
Two teams heading in opposite directions square off tonight at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. The home Cavaliers recently branded the #3 team in the country riding a 6 game winning streak take on the Orange who enter on a 2 game losing skid.
Virginia features a starting lineup with 3 guards all upwards of 44% or better from 3pt range. Former McDonalds all-american Soph, Kyle Guy (14.9ppg, 44.1%3pt) has doubled his scoring output from a year ago (7.5ppg). Fellow sophomore backcourt mate Ty Jerome has settled in nicely as the floor general adding another long range threat (9.8ppg, 45.9%3pt) and Devon Hall (11.9ppg,46.2%3pt) fills out the bomb squad. The Cavaliers main strength however is team defense, allowing only 52.5ppg (#1 in the nation). That is 6 points better then the next closest squad (Cincinnati 58.6ppg).
Syracuse answers with a trio of potential future NBA players in shooting guard Tyus Battle (19.5ppg,82.9FT%), Point Guard Frank Howard (15.4ppg,5.8apg), and Forward Oshae Brissett (15.2ppg,9.8rpg).
The Orange could use a big road win for their resume and are 1-1 in true road contests on the season. Last time playing in an opponents gym they suffered a 73-67 set back at Wake Forest. This time they are playing at the #3 ranked team in the country. Virginia looks to get a little revenge in this one after dropping their last 2 meetings with the Orange. A devastating Elite 8 loss 68-62 in 2016 and last year’s road contest at Syracuse 66-62.
Senior Forward Isaiah Wilkins (6.9ppg,7.3rbg) will have the home crowd revved up tonight and provide the spark that ignites Virginia to a nice home cover. Take Virginia -10 solidifying their national ranking.
THE PICK: TAKE VIRGINIA -10