Syracuse Orange Vs Virginia Cavaliers Elite Eight Betting LineJosh Bailey
Two ACC teams lock horns in the Elite Eight Midwest Region when 10 seeded Syracuse battles 1 seeded Virginia. Syracuse outscored Gonzaga 9 to 1 in the final 3 minutes of their 63 to 60 win on Friday night. Also on Friday night, Virginia blasted Iowa State 84 to 71. The game takes place on March 27 in Chicago, Illinois. Tip-off is at 6:09 pm ET.
Syracuse has won its last 3 games to make it to the Elite Eight. Before the run, the Orange had lost 5 out of its last 6. Virginia has won 8 out of its last 10.
How To Bet the No. 10 Syracuse Orange vs No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers Elite Eight March Madness Line
The NCAA Basketball Tournament March Madness Elite Eight betting line favors Virginia by 8.5-points to beat Syracuse. The Cavaliers have gone 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. The Orange has gone 7 and 3 ATS in their last 10 games, including going 4 and 0 ATS in their last 4.
What: March Madness – Midwest Region – Elite Eight
Who: Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers
When: Sun, Mar 27 6:09 PM EDT
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
Spread: Virginia -8.5
Game Total: N/A
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Syracuse vs Virginia
Why Bet On The No. 10 Seeded Syracuse Orange
No opponent seems capable of solving Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense. Gonzaga ran out to an 11 point lead before the Orange settled down defensively on Friday night. If Gonzaga couldn’t keep it going against the zone, why should Virginia be able to? The Bulldogs ended up shooting 43.6% from the field and 38% from three. They still lost. Syracuse held Middle Tennessee State to 29.7% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from three in the Orange’s Round 2 win. Virginia could have trouble versus the 2-3 zone defense.
Why Bet On The No. 1 Seeded Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia has a solid inside and outside game. The best way to beat the zone is to dump the ball inside and, if the zone collapses, kick it out for three-point shots. Virginia averages 40% from three. They have 2 excellent inside players in Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey. Both Gill and Tobey are capable of getting the ball to the top three-point shooter in the ACC this season, London Perrantes. Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon can also light up from behind the arc. If Syracuse decides to guard Perrantes and Brogdon, Virginia will dump the ball into Gill and Tobey.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The last time that these 2 teams played Virginia won 73 to 65. That game was way back on January 24. Sunday’s game could be very similar.
There should be no expectations that Virginia will blow out Syracuse on Sunday. Syracuse doesn’t mind playing a slowdown game like Virginia. The Orange is going to hold the basketball and look for the best possible shot just like Virginia is going to do. Virginia should end up winning the game outright because the Cavaliers have better players.
But it won’t be easy. Syracuse should make this close until around the 3 to 4 minute mark. At that point, Virginia will put the kibosh on any Syracuse comeback. I think Virginia takes it by close to 10 points.