The Syracuse Orange have had four days off to regroup from a rough 2-2 SU and 0-3-1 ATS run over their last four games.
Syracuse will need its best effort on Saturday visiting the Virginia Cavaliers, who haven’t lost since January 13. Virginia was a 3.5-point favorite at home on the college basketball betting lines menu at Odds Shark.
Syracuse’s 24-0 SU and 15-5 ATS start to the season catapulted the Orange to the top of the polls as the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team. But over its last four games, Syracuse has barely held on for wins against North Carolina State and Maryland and lost outright to Boston College and Duke.
The Orange were a 13.5-point favorite at home against Boston College. Syracuse has three games remaining in its regular season with this one against Virginia as the biggest challenge.
Virginia has been red-hot over the last couple of months, stringing together a 12-0 SU and 9-3 ATS record over its last 12 games including an impressive win on the road against Pittsburgh back at the beginning of the month.
Averaging just 65.9 points per game, Virginia relies heavily on its excellent team defense to win basketball games. The Cavaliers give up fewer points than any other team in the nation allowing just 54.7 points per game, giving them a significant recent college basketball point spread edge over their foes.
Syracuse’s team is also built in a defense-first fashion, averaging 68.8 points per game n offense while allowing only 58.5 points per game, good for the second best scoring defense in the country.
The Orange and Cavaliers both have leaned heavily towards the UNDER in their games this season with the UNDER going 7-16-1 in Syracuse’s games and 9-15-1 in Virginia’s. The total has gone UNDER in each of Syracuse’s last seven games and in five of Virginia’s last six.
Syracuse has been great against the spread on the road this season with a 6-1-1 ATS record away from home while Virginia is 7-5 ATS at home. With the way these two teams play, defense will obviously be at a premium, and the 3.5 points that Syracuse is receiving could definitely factor in to the final decision.