Beat writers offer split predictions for Syracuse-Virginia Tech matchup

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm After winning two straight Atlantic Coast Conference games at home, Syracuse (10-6, 2-1 ACC) heads back on the road to take on Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2). The Orange lost its only previous road game in conference play, an 96-81 beatdown against Boston College. Virginia Tech is coming off a 93-78 loss at Florida State on Saturday.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen on Tuesday night.Connor Grossman (8-8)Buzz cutVirginia Tech 72, Syracuse 70After barely edging North Florida on Dec. 3, Jim Boeheim said he’d play only five guys if that’s what he had to do. It took him about a month to reach that point, but it’s here. SU is essentially down to a rotation of six. It’s worked thus far, but I’m not willing to believe (yet) that Syracuse has suddenly deviated from the dysfunction that plagued it throughout the nonconference slate. Virginia Tech is truly a team with depth — five players averaging 10 or more points, six players averaging 20-plus minutes — and the Hokies are going to engage SU in a close match on Tuesday. It’s going to leave the Orange still seeking that elusive road win.Matt Schneidman (9-7)Buzz killSyracuse 71, Virginia Tech 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hokies are desperate for a conference win after losing two straight following a double-digit win against Duke while Grayson Allen served his one-game suspension. But this Syracuse team is clicking on both ends of the court, and the Orange is finding other avenues of offense aside from Andrew White and Tyler Lydon. That spells doom for Virginia Tech, a team that has allowed an average of 98.5 points per game in the last two contests. And oh, Boeheim has his team playing some pretty decent defense these days, too.Paul Schwedelson (10-6)To infinity and beyondSyracuse 76, Virginia Tech 72Syracuse is playing its best basketball of the season and the team most people envisioned at the start of the season (albeit with a much smaller rotation) is beginning to emerge. The Orange needs to steal a road win before traveling to take on North Carolina and Notre Dame next week. A win in Blacksburg is much more likely that against those other two teams. Buzz Williams’ Hokies are reeling after two losses by a combined 41 points. It’s a perfect storm for SU and the Orange must blast off while it has the chance.center_img Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgWhat is Phase 2?If Phase 2 is necessary, it will occur after the eight teams are eliminated and before the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and will only include the eight teams eliminated to determine whichever top-3 seeds needed to be selected.Once the top three seeds are established, the remaining slots will be assigned to the 12 teams that did not win a draw in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.In this phase, all eight teams will have the same 12.5 percent odds. The 2019-20 NHL season going on pause back on March 12 brought the uncertainty of what it would mean for the 2020 NHL Draft and the lottery.While the timing for the NHL Draft is still technically to be determined — as it’ll be after the pushed-back start of Stanley Cup playoffs  — the date and format for the lottery were announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. And the format … it’s a doozy. With unprecedented times comes an unprecedented draft lottery regarding the order of selection of the next generation of NHL talent. “One of the things that went into the decision to create a new lottery system was for the advantage of the seven clubs who aren’t resuming play…that they have the ability to engage with their fan base on something during that long pause between games,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on a call with reporters Tuesday. “We thought the draft lottery was a way to create excitement, create a way for those teams to engage with their fan base, get some certainty early on and not going into kind of a long slumber of creating waves and buzz over the summertime.”NHL DRAFT 2020: SN’s latest mock | Central Scouting’s final rankingsWhat we do know is that the only officially postseason-eliminated team, the Detroit Red Wings still have the best chance of winning the top pick, and that pick is expected to be Alexis Lafreniere.The Rimouski Oceanic and Hockey Canada star has been the consensus No. 1 pick for months, if not years, and should be suiting up in 2020-21. The only question is for whom.There’s a lot to unpack for the lottery, but Sporting News has all of the info to get you primed and ready for where your team could be drafting come the fall.How does the NHL Draft Lottery work in 2020?PhasesThe NHL announced that the lottery could happen in two phases, depending on how Phase 1 goes.In the first phase, there will be three draws involving 15 teams — technically. The seven teams that do not make the Round Robin or Qualifying Round will automatically be entered into the lottery. To fill out the remaining eight teams, because it’ll be done before games are played, they’ll be listed Teams A-H.There will then be three draws, in order, for the first-overall pick, second-overall pick and third-overall pick.So, here’s when it gets a little tricky.If those three picks include any of the Teams A-H, there will be a Phase 2. If none of the top three picks are Teams A-H, there will not be a Phase 2. What happens when all three picks are won by Teams 1-7?So, if things play out properly where three of the seven worst teams garner the top three picks, the remaining four teams in the seven-team group will be slotted 4-7 based on points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.Then, positions 8-15 will be assigned to the eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round, in inverse order of their points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.Stanley Cup playoffs: Everything we know about the NHL’s potential resumptionWhat time does the 2020 NHL Draft lottery start?Date: Friday, June 26Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PTTV channel: NBCSN (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)Phase 1 of the NHL Draft lottery drawing will take place at 8 p.m. ET on June 26. NBC Sports will broadcast the drawing live in the United States followed by a half-hour special NHL Live. For viewers in Canada, the drawing can be seen on Sportsnet.2020 NHL Draft lottery oddsTEAMPTS. PCT.ODDS1. Detroit Red Wings.27518.5%2. Ottawa Senators.43713.53. Ottawa Senators (via SJS).43711.54. Los Angeles Kings.4579.55. Anaheim Ducks.4728.5 6. New Jersey Devils.493*7.57. Buffalo Sabres.493*6.58. Team An/a6.09. Team Bn/a5.010. Team Cn/a3.511. Team Dn/a3.012. Team En/a2.513. Team Fn/a2.014. Team Gn/a1.515. Team Hn/a1.0*Buffalo Sabres ranked higher than New Jersey Devils on the basis of higher regulation/OT win percentage (Buffalo, .406 ROW%; New Jersey, .348 ROW%)NHL 2019-20 regular season: Bruins, Pastrnak, Ovechkin, Draisaitl and morelast_img read more