Virginia at Syracuse: 1/1/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Virginia at Syracuse: 1/1/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (7-5) vs Virginia Cavaliers (7-5)

Game Info: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

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The Virginia Cavaliers and Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Carrier Dome. When these two teams faced off last March it was Virginia that won 72-69. 

Virginia comes into this with a 7-5 record and they have gone 4-8 against the spread. In the last game against Clemson, the offense struggled again scoring only 50 points and that led to the defeat. The Cavaliers are averaging only 61.8 points while their defense is giving up 56.2 points per game. Jayden Gardner has been the top player for Virginia averaging 14.8 points while shooting 57.9 percent from the field. There are four different players who are averaging at least 7.3 points per game. The big issue for this team has been with the offense, and they are going to need to find a way to score points in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Syracuse Orange who sit with a 7-5 record and they have won two games in a row. In the last game against Cornell the offense scored 80 points and that was enough to come away with the victory. Syracuse is averaging 79 points while their defense is giving up 75.8 points per game. The best player for the Orange has been Buddy Boehim who is averaging 18.8 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from behind the three point line. In this game look for Syracuse to try and push the pace, and make Virginia uncomfortable with the pace. 

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Virginia is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games.Syracuse is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played on Saturday.The over is 4-0 in the Cavaliers last four games against a team with a winning record. The under is 4-1 in Syracuse’s last five overall.

This game is going to all come down to the pace. I expect Syracuse is going to push the pace, and Virginia’s offense is going to have no answer. This might not be the highest scoring game, but Syracuse is still going to come away with a cover of the spread. Back Syracuse against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Syracuse ATS

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