Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 1/25/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+6)
John Paul Jones Arena is the venue where and the Virginia Cavaliers (10-2) will take on the Syracuse Orange (9-4) on Monday. The line on this contest has Virginia as 6-point favorites. The over/under is set at 129.
Syracuse enters this matchup with a record of 9-4 this season. They cough up possession 11.7 times per contest and as a group they commit 14.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Syracuse is snagging 38.2 rebounds per game and has 223 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 52nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Orange are connecting on 32.1% on shots from 3-point land (106 of 330) and 78.9% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 79.4 points per contest (51st in the nation) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. On defense, the Orange are able to force 15.2 turnovers every game and they draw 17.2 fouls. They rank 300th in college basketball in allowing assists with 209 surrendered for the season. The Orange are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.4% (323 of 820) and they relinquish 38.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 28.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 154th in the country in points per game from their opponents (69.3).
The Syracuse Orange faced the Virginia Tech Hokies and went home with a win by a final score of 78-60 in their last game. Syracuse ended with a 50.9% field goal percentage (28 of 55) and knocked down 4 out of their 13 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Orange converted 18 of 22 tries for a percentage of 81.8%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 34 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 11 assists in this matchup in addition to earning 7 steals and 8 blocks. When talking about defense, Syracuse allowed 50.9% from the floor on 28 out of 55 shooting. Virginia Tech earned 16 dimes and had 2 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Hokies totaled 26 boards (9 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 8 rejections. Virginia Tech finished the game at 70.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of their 17 attempts. They knocked down 8 out of their 29 attempts from distance.
Quincy Guerrier is a player who was a factor in this contest. He ended up scoring 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played for 34 minutes played and also snagged 9 boards. Guerrier finished the contest at 54.5% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that came through in the game for the Orange was Marek Dolezaj. He snagged 6 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He went 55.6% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-9 (18 points). When the game finished, Dolezaj played for 40 minutes.
Virginia has a win-loss record of 10-2 for the season. Virginia has totaled 873 points this year (72.8 per contest) and they average 34.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers commit 12.8 personal fouls per game and they hit 80.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cavaliers are hitting on 50.5% from the field, which ranks them 24th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per contest (135th in Division 1) and they turn it over 8.3 times per contest. The Cavaliers defensively are ranked 6th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 59.6. They are forcing 9.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the field (87th in college hoops). The Virginia defense surrenders 34.6% on shots from distance (89 of 257) and their opponents are knocking down 74.8% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 11.7 dimes and 30.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 94th and 20th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the court, the Virginia Cavaliers walked away with a victory by a final of 64-62 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Cavaliers recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 27 for this game. They stuffed 7 attempts while recording 2 steals for the contest. The Yellow Jackets had 11 fouls in this contest which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for a total of 7 tries. They were able to convert 6 of those for a clip of 85.7%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Virginia made 8 of their 18 tries (44.4%). When the game finished, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 25 for 52 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.1%. The Cavaliers permitted the Yellow Jackets to make 24 of 53 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 45.3% for the matchup. They shot 60.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 9 out of 15 and finished the contest at 5 out of 6 from the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Virginia allowed Georgia Tech to collect 21 in all (1 on the offensive glass).
Sam Hauser ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers in this matchup. He made 9 of 12 in this contest for a rate of 75.0%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Hauser snagged 6 boards in his 35 minutes played and had 2 dimes in this game. One more player that was important for Virginia was Jay Huff. He totaled 18 points in 30 minutes played via 7 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Huff ended up shooting 63.6% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Syracuse (+6)
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