Syracuse Orange at Virginia Cavaliers – NCAAM January 25

Syracuse Orange (9-4, 3-3) at No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers (10-2, 6-0)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  • TV: ESPN

What’s at Stake

Right now, Syracuse is an NCAA Tournament team and a win at league-leading Virginia would solidify their standing even more. The Orange has won two in a row and three out of five since returning for covid related postponements.

The Cavaliers look to keep that unblemished league record as they have won six in a row after losing to Gonzaga, 98-75, on Dec. 26.

Vs. The Spread


  • The ‘Cuse is 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 game
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Orange’s last 6 outings
  • The OVER has been the play in four of the last Syracuse-Virginia games in Charlottesville


  • The ‘Hoos are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia’s lats 5 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 6 of the last 8 UVa-Syracuse matchups

Last Time Out

Quincy Guerrier led four Orange in double figures with 20 points and Alan Griffin had a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards as the Orange rolled to a 78-60 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech in the Career Dome on Saturday. Griffin had a career-high seven blocked shots as the Orange defense held the Hokies to 33 percent from the floor. Syracuse led 40-34 at halftime before a 20-6 run midway through the second half put Virginia Tech away for good.

Sam Hauser scored 11 of his 22 points in the second half as No. 13 Virginia rallied for a 64-62 win over Georgia Tech in Charlottesville on Saturday evening. Guard Kihei Clark, who was held scoreless all evening, made a jumper with 1:09 left to give the Cavaliers the win. Jay Huff had 18 points and five blocks for the Cavaliers.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Syracuse +7 (-105) +270 O 130 (-110)
Virginia -7 (-115) -325 U 130 (-110)

Orange Stat Pack

  • The Orange has had peak ball handling in turning the ball over a combined 21 times over the last three games.
  • Alan Griffin has been the lead for the ‘Cuse from behind the arc as he has made 35.7 percent (30-of-84) triples.
  • Depth is an issue for the Orange as the starting five average between 31.2 and 35.9 minutes per game as Kadary Richmond comes off the bench and is the only other Syracuse player to log double figures minutes.

Orange Grease Board

Syracuse Orange LogoIts amazing that the talk coming into this game is how the Orange can stop a Virginia offense that is at the top of the ACC in averaging 50.5 percent from the field and a solid 38.9 percent from three-point range. The reaction of the zone to a solid passing big man in Sam Hauser, who leads Virginia in scoring at 14.5 points per game will be one of the key X&O issues to watch. Rice Transfer Trey Murphy has made 27-of-53 triples and could be a 2-3 zone buster that will force wrinkles if he can score. Offensively, Quincy Guerrier (16.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg) has to be in the hunt for ACC Player of the Year. Syracuse has three-point makers in Alan Griffin (30), Buddy Boeheim (21) and Joesph Girard, III (29), but the ‘Cuse makes only 32.1 percent of it’s triples.

Cavaliers Stat Pack

  • The Cavaliers have shot 54.5 percent from the field in their last three games which are all wins.
  • Virginia’s assist-to-turnover ratio is off the chain in the last three as well. Try a 52-to-24 in besting Notre Dame, Clemson, and Georgia Tech.
  • Cavaliers’ leading scorer Sam Hauser has made 27-of-48 field goals in his last four games.

Cavaliers Grease Board

Virginia Cavaliers LogoWhen you play Jim Boeheim and the Orange, it’s all about solving the 2-3 zone and the Cavaliers have the weaponry in Hauser, Huff, and Murphy who are a combined 67-of-158 for 42.4 percent. Virginia’s offensive effective field goal percentage is at 58.3 (7th/NCAA) with the inside play of Huff and Hauser as they make it tough on opposing defenses with such an inside-outside presence. The quickness of point guard Kehei Clark (10.0 ppg, 4.1 apg) and his decisions off the dribble will be a huge key for the Cavaliers. Clark and Murphy are rock solid ball handlers as UVa only averages 8.2 turnovers per game while Syracuse forces 15.1 miscues.

Winner: Virginia 69, Syracuse (+6.5) 63
Over-Under: Take OVER 128.5

The Bets
Syracuse Orange +7
OVER 130
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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