The Virginia Tech Hokies will host the Syracuse Orange in an ACC battle Saturday afternoon from the Cassell Coliseum. The Orange crushed Boston College 76-50 in their latest clash, and the Hokies tallied an 80-70 road win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night. The Hokies registered a 67-63 road win against the Orange earlier this month.
Orange Defense Shines in Third ACC Win
The Syracuse Orange are targeting their third consecutive win in this one. They countered a home loss to Virginia Tech with a big 63-55 overtime road win against Virginia, followed by a dominating 76-50 home win over Boston College on Wednesday in a game that had the Orange favored by three points. The Orange are 3-3 in ACC play.
Elijah Hughes continues to shine. The junior forward accumulated another 19 points in Wednesday’s victory and he has consistently produced all season. Hughes enters this one averaging 19.5 PPG and 5 RPG. Buddy Boeheim is also looking good, collecting at least 20 points in two out of his last four games. The sophomore guard is having an outstanding year and has lifted his season average to 15.6 PPG. Joseph Girard III has drained 10 three’s in his last three games. The freshman guard is posting 12.4 PPG on 38% shooting on the season.[embed]https://twitter.com/Cuse_MBB/status/1217631321020944384[/embed]
The Orange are ranked 53rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 2-1 in their three true road games. Syracuse is known for its defense although they have plenty of offensive threats and are averaging 73.2 points, placing them 132nd overall. They are limiting opponents to 65.2 points, positioning them 85th in DI.