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Virginia vs Syracuse 1/7/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Syracuse Orange (10-5) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (10-3)
January 7, 2023 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -11.5 / Syracuse Orange +11.5; Over/Under: +129.5
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The Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the John Paul Jones Arena. The Syracuse Orange look for their 11th win. The Virginia Cavaliers look for their 11th win.

The Syracuse Orange are averaging 75.2 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Joseph Girard III is averaging 16.7 points and 2.9 rebounds, while Judah Mintz is averaging 15.8 points and 4.2 assists. Jesse Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Benny Williams is dishing 1.3 assists. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game.

The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 69.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 59.1 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Kihei Clark is averaging 11.9 points and 2.7 rebounds, while Jayden Gardner is averaging 11.4 points and 0.6 assists. Armaan Franklin is the third double-digit scorer and Reece Beekman is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game.

The Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Orange last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 home games. The road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Virginia Cavaliers are the more talented team, and they’re at home, where they have great success. However, the Syracuse Orange are still good enough defensively to where they usually don’t get blown out. Virginia also lacks a consistent offensive punch, and it makes it hard at times to open games up. Lot of points. I’ll take a shot with Syracuse.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Syracuse Orange +11.5

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