Virginia Cavaliers (6-1) vs Syracuse Orange (5-2)
2023-12-02 12:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5
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The Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at John Paul Jones Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Syracuse vs Virginia prediction.
How Can Syracuse’s Offense Do Here?
In the last few games the Syracuse offense has been good, but they are going to be really tested here. In the last game against LSU, the offense scored 80 points while the defense gave up only 57 points. Judah Mintz had a strong game putting up 33 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Syracuse on the season is averaging 78.4 points while their defense is giving up 69.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 110th and it’s going to be really tested here. In this game, the offense is going to need to be good. Syracuse has a 5-2 record in the ACC, the same as Duke and Boston College.
Virginia Still Has a Focus On Defense
Players come and go from Virginia but there is one thing that stays the same, the focus on defense. Virginia’s last game came against Texas A&M and the defense gave up only 47 points on the way to the victory. Andrew Rhode had a strong game putting up 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Virginia on the season is averaging 64.4 points while their defense is giving up 52.9 points per game. The defense is ranked 2nd best in college basketball. Reece Beckman is having a strong season averaging 11.9 points while shooting 42.5 percent from the field.
Syracuse vs Virginia Betting Prediction
This total is too high. Virginia wants to keep the pace as slow as possible and and they are going to turn this game into a snails pace of game. Virginia’s defense is ranked 2nd best in college basketball and they are going to lockdown the Syracuse offense. The Virginia offense is also going to struggle to score with the slower pace and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash.