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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Virginia Cavaliers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 1010-06-04-07-2-13-2-14-065.7053.1012.60
vs Conf10-06-04-07-2-13-2-14-065.7053.1012.60
Syracuse Orange
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 105-54-11-44-63-21-464.8061.403.40
vs Conf4-53-11-43-62-21-465.1163.002.11


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense69.1822062.829
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense67.6318258.3311
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed31.3822230.6035
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense69.1821952.681
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense69.8024355.501
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed39.406132.5038

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Jan 9, 2018SYRA61VIRGA68-9.5SYRA114OSYRASYRAVIRGA262938.337.741316/219/2767
Feb 4, 2017VIRGA62SYRA664.5SYRA127.5OSYRAVIRGAVIRGA34224854.8242312/247/18611
Mar 27, 2016SYRA68VIRGA62-8SYRA122.5OVIRGASYRAVIRGA213536.841.536346/188/21113
Jan 24, 2016SYRA65VIRGA73-9.5SYRA126OVIRGAVIRGASYRA293738.956.8283113/308/1877
Mar 2, 2015VIRGA59SYRA475.5VIRGA113UVIRGAVIRGAVIRGA232046.238.342206/174/19910
Mar 1, 2014SYRA56VIRGA75-4VIRGA115OVIRGAVIRGAVIRGA282735.75029395/228/1643
Nov 28, 2008VIRGA70SYRA73-14VIRGA159.5USYRAVIRGAPush402942.246.736294/144/13106
Dec 5, 2007SYRA70VIRGA68-8SYRA158.5USYRASYRAVIRGA293644.140.634338/2111/3286

College Basketball Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Virginia Cavaliers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 31, 2018LOUIS74-64W-10125.5P/O53.7077.789H
Jan 27, 2018DUKE65-63W3.5134W/U39.3977.786A
Jan 23, 2018CLEMS61-36W-9.5119.5W/U44.6450.007H
Jan 21, 2018WAKE59-49W-7.5128W/U40.38100.007A
Jan 18, 2018GATEC64-48W-7.5116.5W/U46.5577.783A

Syracuse Orange

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jan 31, 2018GATEC51-55L0121.5L/U30.0080.005A
Jan 27, 2018PITT60-55W-10.5121.5L/U35.1973.083A
Jan 24, 2018BC81-63W-7133W/O60.4272.737H
Jan 16, 2018PITT59-45W-18126.5L/U43.1483.335H
Jan 13, 2018FLAST90-101L4.5137L/O38.8178.958A

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

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