Virginia Cavaliers Travel To Syracuse to Face the Orange

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Virginia Cavaliers Have Nations Best Defense

The 2nd-ranked Virginia Cavaliers and the Syracuse Orange will battle on Saturday when they meet at Carrier Dome. The ACC Network will provide television coverage. Tip-off is set for 4 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Cavaliers as -7-point favorites versus the Orange, while the game’s total opened at 112. Virginia is now a 5.5-point favorite and the total has edged up to 114.

The fans will likely not be entertained by an up-tempo, high-scoring track meet type of game. Defense will be theme in front of an expected crowd of more than 26,000 at the Carrier Dome. It will be Syracuse’s biggest crown of the season.

Virginia has the best defensive team in the nation. They are allowing only 52.7 points per game. Syracuse is known for its active 2-3 zone defense. The Orange rank No. 10 in the nation. They are allowing 62.8 points per game.

In the first meeting on Jan. 9 at Virginia, the Cavaliers won 69-61. The Cavs shot only 38.3 percent from the field and Syracuse made 37.7 percent. The Orange made 28.6 percent of its 3-point shots, while the Cavaliers shot just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Syracuse Look to start Win Streak Versus Virginia Cavaliers

Syracuse was a 55-51 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. They failed to cover the PK-point spread.

Syracuse had a three-game winning streak snapped against Georgia Tech on Wednesday. Forward Tyus Battle had 19 points and a career-high nine rebounds. The Orange shot a season-low 30 percent from the field.

Battle and guard Frank Howard combined to make only 8 of 34 shots from the field. The killer included being only 4 of 15 from 3-point range.

Great Defense is no Stranger to the Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia was a 74-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Louisville Cardinals. They earned a push of the -10-point spread as favorites.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett has coached four teams that have led the nation in scoring defense. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak. During the streak they have held eight opponents below 50 points this season.

He has used the same starting lineup of Ty Jerome, guard Kyle Guy, guard Devon Hall, forward Isaiah Wilkins and center Jack Salt in all 22 games.

The Cavaliers are off to their best start in the ACC since 1980. They were 12-0 in Ralph Sampson’s sophomore season.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Virginia 21-1 14-4-1 69.18 52.68 16.5 7-3-1 5-1 5-14 4-7 1-5
Syracuse 15-7 8-12 69.18 62.82 6.36 5-7 2-4 8-12 3-9 4-2
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
VIRGA 13.68 9.14 1.5
SYRA 11.27 13.00 0.87
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
VIRGA 8.45 24.09 32.54
SYRA 13.09 26.55 39.64
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
VIRGA 46.80 37.57 9.23
SYRA 42.25 37.66 4.59
Team Records

Virginia Cavaliers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 21-1 14-0 7-1 14-4-1 7-3-1 7-1 69.18 52.68 16.50
Last 10 10-0 6-0 4-0 7-2-1 3-2-1 4-0 65.70 53.10 12.60
vs Conf 10-0 6-0 4-0 7-2-1 3-2-1 4-0 65.70 53.10 12.60
Syracuse Orange
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 15-7 13-2 2-5 8-12 6-7 2-5 69.18 62.82 6.36
Last 10 5-5 4-1 1-4 4-6 3-2 1-4 64.80 61.40 3.40
vs Conf 4-5 3-1 1-4 3-6 2-2 1-4 65.11 63.00 2.11

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 69.18 220 62.82 9
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 67.63 182 58.33 11
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 31.38 222 30.60 35
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 69.18 219 52.68 1
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 69.80 243 55.50 1
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 39.40 61 32.50 38

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Virginia 4-4 3-5 5-3 67.13 32.63 44.93 33.75 66/169 6.38
Syracuse 4-4 5-3 5-3 63.25 25.50 41.19 30.00 53/162 7.88

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Jan 9, 2018 SYRA 61 VIRGA 68 -9.5 SYRA 114 O SYRA SYRA VIRGA 26 29 38.3 37.7 41 31 6/21 9/27 6 7
Feb 4, 2017 VIRGA 62 SYRA 66 4.5 SYRA 127.5 O SYRA VIRGA VIRGA 34 22 48 54.8 24 23 12/24 7/18 6 11
Mar 27, 2016 SYRA 68 VIRGA 62 -8 SYRA 122.5 O VIRGA SYRA VIRGA 21 35 36.8 41.5 36 34 6/18 8/21 11 3
Jan 24, 2016 SYRA 65 VIRGA 73 -9.5 SYRA 126 O VIRGA VIRGA SYRA 29 37 38.9 56.8 28 31 13/30 8/18 7 7
Mar 2, 2015 VIRGA 59 SYRA 47 5.5 VIRGA 113 U VIRGA VIRGA VIRGA 23 20 46.2 38.3 42 20 6/17 4/19 9 10
Mar 1, 2014 SYRA 56 VIRGA 75 -4 VIRGA 115 O VIRGA VIRGA VIRGA 28 27 35.7 50 29 39 5/22 8/16 4 3
Nov 28, 2008 VIRGA 70 SYRA 73 -14 VIRGA 159.5 U SYRA VIRGA Push 40 29 42.2 46.7 36 29 4/14 4/13 10 6
Dec 5, 2007 SYRA 70 VIRGA 68 -8 SYRA 158.5 U SYRA SYRA VIRGA 29 36 44.1 40.6 34 33 8/21 11/32 8 6

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Virginia Cavaliers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 31, 2018 LOUIS 74-64 W -10 125.5 P/O 53.70 77.78 9 H
Jan 27, 2018 DUKE 65-63 W 3.5 134 W/U 39.39 77.78 6 A
Jan 23, 2018 CLEMS 61-36 W -9.5 119.5 W/U 44.64 50.00 7 H
Jan 21, 2018 WAKE 59-49 W -7.5 128 W/U 40.38 100.00 7 A
Jan 18, 2018 GATEC 64-48 W -7.5 116.5 W/U 46.55 77.78 3 A

Syracuse Orange

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Jan 31, 2018 GATEC 51-55 L 0 121.5 L/U 30.00 80.00 5 A
Jan 27, 2018 PITT 60-55 W -10.5 121.5 L/U 35.19 73.08 3 A
Jan 24, 2018 BC 81-63 W -7 133 W/O 60.42 72.73 7 H
Jan 16, 2018 PITT 59-45 W -18 126.5 L/U 43.14 83.33 5 H
Jan 13, 2018 FLAST 90-101 L 4.5 137 L/O 38.81 78.95 8 A

Next up:
Virginia at Florida State Wednesday, February 7
Syracuse at Louisville Monday, February 5

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