Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+5.5)
Greensboro Coliseum is the venue where and the Virginia Cavaliers (17-6) will play the Syracuse Orange (15-8) on Thursday. Virginia opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 133.
Syracuse comes into this contest with a record of 15-8 on the campaign. The Orange are shooting 32.8% on three-point shots (181 of 551) and 78.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 75.6 pts per contest (73rd in the country) while going 43.6% from the floor. They are turning it over 11.3 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Syracuse is pulling in 36.3 boards per game and has earned 347 assists on the year, which is 94th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Orange are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game while drawing 16.0 personal fouls. The Orange defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.6% (588 of 1,414) and they relinquish 38.3 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 339th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 407 relinquished for the campaign. They are surrendering 31.5% on three-point shots while they are 196th in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.8).
The Syracuse Orange faced off with the Clemson Tigers and earned the victory with a final of 64-54 in their last contest. Syracuse wrapped up the contest with a 37.5% FG percentage (21 out of 56) and buried 10 of their 32 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Orange buried 12 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 14 dimes in this game as well as forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and getting 1 steal. Pertaining to defense, Syracuse allowed their opponent to shoot 33.9% from the floor on 20 out of 59 shooting. Clemson earned 17 assists and had 3 steals for this game. Furthurmore, Clemson pulled down 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Clemson walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the charity stripe by making 4 of their 6 shots. They converted 10 of 29 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Alan Griffin is one guy who came through for the game. He accounted for 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 39 mins played and collected 10 boards. Griffin shot 57.1% from the floor and totaled 1 assist. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Orange was Buddy Boeheim. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 39 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field for this contest by going 6-of-15 (17 points). In all, Boeheim had 1 assist.
Virginia has a record of 17-6 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Cavaliers are hitting on 48.1% from the field, which is ranked 38th in D-1. Virginia has earned 1,575 pts this season (68.5 per game) and they collect 31.7 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (127th in college basketball) and they turn it over 9.3 times per game. The Cavaliers are committing 12.9 fouls every game and they go 81.2% from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 5th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 60.1. They have surrendered 11.4 assists and 29.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 68th and 6th in D-1. The Virginia defense gives up 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc (153 of 451) and their opponents are making 74.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 9.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.6% from the field (81st in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Virginia Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 68-58 against the Louisville Cardinals. The Cavaliers recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 5 times, while earning 1 steal for the contest. The Cardinals were called for 9 fouls for the game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 11 shots. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 100.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Virginia knocked down 3 of 15 attempts (20.0%). When the game finished, the Cavaliers went 27 for 52 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.9%. The Cavaliers allowed the Cardinals to bury 21 of 57 tries from the field which had them at 36.8% for this contest. They finished 38.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 5 of 13 and ended up shooting 11 out of 17 at the free throw line (64.7%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Virginia allowed Louisville to snag 26 in total (9 offensive).
Sam Hauser was important for the Cavaliers for this contest. He converted 9 of 14 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 64.3%, and added 8 rebounds. Hauser recorded 24 points in his 30 mins of playing time and totaled 1 assist for the game. An additional guy who came through for Virginia was Trey Murphy. He ended up with 1 assist in 38 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 7 out of 12 from the floor. Murphy finished going 58.3% from the field while also earning 17 points and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Virginia (-5.5) and over 133 points
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