Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Orange vs. Cavaliers CBB Odds
Looking for Syracuse Orange vs. Virginia Cavaliers NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Orange taking on the Cavaliers on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 in the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Orange Cavaliers matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(16-8) Syracuse Orange vs. Virginia Cavaliers (17-6)
Date: Thursday March 11th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Virginia -5
CBB Betting Total: 133
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Survive. Move on. See what happens. That’s what you do this time of year and that’s the plan Syracuse has in motion after their 89-68 domination of NC State in the opening round.
The degree of difficulty gets noticeably tougher however. Virginia has spent a lot of time in the top 10 this season and is starting to get back to their old form after a couple hiccups. UVA is a -5 favorite.
NC State sits right below Syracuse in the ACC and above the likes of Duke and Notre Dame so its not like the 89-68 win by the Orange on Wednesday was kicking a tomato can.
Jim Boeheim’s team shot the lights out against NC State, finishing 34-60 from the floor (57%) and 14-29 from three point range. That’s going to be a bit harder to pull off against Virginia’s defense however.
If the Orange get hot again, they can advance another round in this tournament. Buddy Boeheim had 27 points including 6-12 from three point range to lead the win over the Wolfpack.
Syracuse finished the season with wins over North Carolina and Clemson, although both were at the Carrier Dome. They are a surprising 2nd in the ACC in scoring, putting up 76.1 points/game.
Sure the Orange offense looked great in their opening round game against NC State, but the Wolfpack have the #9 defense in the ACC. The team at the top of that podium is Virginia, giving up only 59.8.
The Cavaliers don’t just have a good defense by conference standards, they give up the 5th fewest points in the country.
UVA’s last loss was to the team that Syracuse just beat up on. The Cavaliers lost at home to NC State 68-61 as -11 point favorites. That was apparently rock bottom after defeats at Florida State and at Duke in the two games prior.
Virginia did dominate in the only matchup these two teams played this season. Syracuse lost on the road 81-58 back on January 25th as Jay Huff led the Cavaliers with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-1 in Orange last 0 neutral site games
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS last 5 overall
- Over is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall
- Favorite is 4-1 last 5 meetings
Free Syracuse Orange vs. Virginia Cavaliers NCAAB Prediction:
Syracuse has the type of shooting that can keep them in this game. Virginia has the type of defense that could make this one over early. The Orange are on 0 days rest, but also used very little energy in the blowout win over NC State.
The Orange thrive on shooting, something Virginia can and has very easily shut down. The Orange hit just 5-24 three pointers against the Cavaliers small ball defense.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Virginia -5
Never underestimate the veteran coaching prowess of Jim Boeheim, but that Cavaliers defense can smother a team.
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