Syracuse vs. Virginia - 3/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (27-1) at Syracuse Orange (18-11)
College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers and Syracuse Orange meet Monday night at the Carrier Dome.
The Virginia Cavaliers look to build on their eight-game winning streak. On the season, Virginia is averaging 66.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 50.1 points on 35.4 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 13.7 points and four rebounds while Anthony Gill is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Darion Atkins is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and London Perrantes is dishing 4.5 assists. The Virginia Cavaliers have four players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 72.1 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 30.5 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 60 or less points in seven straight games.
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The Syracuse Orange have split their last eight games and play their last home game. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 68.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange have four players averaging at least 7.9 points, and they’re shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 30.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Cavaliers are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Orange are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
Once again, Syracuse doesn't play in any tournament this season, so this is its championship. You should take the points here with the Orange and don't be surprised if they win outright.