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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (22-13) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (29-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm (United Center)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -- See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Virginia Cavaliers will play the Syracuse Orange in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The Syracuse Orange are 22-13 (9-9) and are the #10 seed in the Midwest Region. Syracuse is coming off of wins against Dayton by a score of 70-51, Middle Tennessee State by a score of 75-50, and Gonzaga by a score of 63-60. Michael Gbinije led Syracuse with 20 points and 3 assists against Gonzaga. Syracuse was out rebounded by Gonzaga by a total of 37-33, but was able to add 9 assists in their victory. Before the NCAA Tournament, Syracuse had lost 5 of their last 6 games, including a loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament. Syracuse is averaging 70.4 points per game while giving up 64.8 points per game. Syracuse is also averaging 35.9 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.8 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for Syracuse. Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Orange. Syracuse is shooting 68.6% on free throws, 36.2% on three-pointers, and 42.9% on all field goal attempts.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Cavaliers are 29-7 (13-5) and are the #1 seed in the Midwest Region. Virginia is coming off of wins against Hampton by a score of 81-45, Butler by a score of 77-69, and Iowa State by a score of 84-71. Anthony Gill led Virginia with 23 points and 8 rebounds against Iowa State. Virginia out rebounded Iowa State by a total of 33-24 and added 26 assists in their victory. Virginia has won 8 of their last 9 games, with their only loss coming against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Virginia is averaging 71.2 points per game while giving up 59.8 points per game. Virginia is also averaging 32.1 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 18.6 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for Virginia. Anthony Gill is averaging 13.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers. Virginia is shooting 75.4% on free throws, 40.5% on three-pointers, and 49.1% on all field goal attempts.

Syracuse is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 NCAA Tournament games for Syracuse. Virginia is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games. The under is 12-4 in Virginia’s last 16 games.

Virginia comes into this game playing great basketball and was able to defeat Syracuse at home by a score of 73-65 in these two teams only meeting of the season. Virginia plays great defense and should be able to shut down the Syracuse offense. Syracuse does average more rebounds per game than Virginia, while Virginia has the edge in shooting percentage. Virginia has looked very good and I like them here. 

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