The No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers will take on the Syracuse Orange this Thursday in the quarterfinals. The winner of this matchup will move on to the semifinals and face the winner of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami Hurricanes. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers NCAA College Basketball Game on March 11 2021
Where: Greensboro Coliseum
When: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00 PM ET
Betting on the Syracuse Orange (+5)
Record: 16-8 Overall / 9-7 Conference
Syracuse got orange hot from behind the arc and defeated the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday during the second round of the 2021 ACC tournament to the tune of an 89-68 score. The Orange went 14-of-29 from behind the arc, and that’s the second game in a row now that they hit at least 10 threes. They are surely going to try to check if they still have that kind of shooting early on in the game against Virginia this Thursday, but they will have to do a better job of moving the ball around to keep themselves from being too predictable. The Orange only had 19 assists and 12 turnovers in an 81-58 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville back in the regular season. The Orange did average 17.0 assists in their last three games, though, so that’s a good sign for the team.
Syracuse has been profitable for spread bettors lately, as it has covered the spread in all of its last three games.
The over is 4-1 in Syracuse’s last five games away from home.
Betting on the Virginia Cavaliers (-5)
Record: 17-6 Overall / 13-4 Conference
Syracuse did have success offensively against NC State, but it’s not going to be as easy for the Orange this Thursday because they will be dealing with a Virginia team that’s long been known for its ability to suffocate opposing teams. The Cavaliers, in their last two games, have allowed just 54.5 points in wins over the Miami Hurricanes and the Louisville Cardinals. Virginia also held both teams to only 29.7 percent shooting from deep. Virginia finished the regular season fifth nationally with just 60.1 points allowed per game and second in ACC play with only 98.7 points surrendered per 100 possessions. Virginia plays so slow that it limits opponents’ turn on offense significantly. While that style also reduces the Hoos’ time with the ball, they compensate for that with an efficient offense that’s 13th in the nation in efficiency (1.32 points per possession).
The over, however, is 4-1 in Virginia’s last five games overall.
Virginia wins, 73-64.
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