Virginia vs Syracuse Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 7, 2023

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The Virginia Cavaliers (10-3, 2-2 ACC) battle the Syracuse Orange (10-5, 3-1 ACC) at 5:00 PM ET on Saturday in ACC play.

Saturday’s game between the Cavaliers and the Orange sees the Cavaliers as a double-digit favorite by 11.5 points. The point total for the game is set at 127.5.

Virginia vs. Syracuse Odds

Point Spread for Virginia vs. Syracuse

The spread for this matchup is set at 11.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Virginia as the favorite.

Virginia vs. Syracuse Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Virginia has -789 odds to pick up the win, while Syracuse is listed at +533 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 127.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Arena: John Paul Jones Arena

Virginia vs. Syracuse Betting Trends

Virginia has played 13 games, with four wins against the spread. The Cavaliers have been favorites in seven games this season and have come away with the win five times (71.4%) in those contests. Virginia’s games this year have hit the over on seven of 15 set point totals.

Against the spread, Syracuse is 7-8-0 this season. The Orange have compiled a 1-2 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). Syracuse has hit the over 53.3% of the time this season (eight of 15 games with a set point total).

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Virginia vs. Syracuse Key Players to Watch


Jayden Gardner leads the Cavaliers at 5.5 rebounds per game, while also posting 0.6 assists and 11.4 points. Reece Beekman is posting 9.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Kadin Shedrick puts up 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Defensively, he puts up 1.2 steals and 1.7 blocked shots.


Jesse Edwards is posting a team-high 10.9 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 13.9 points and 1.1 assists, making 61.7% of his shots from the floor. Judah Mintz is the Orange’s top assist man (4.2 per game), and he averages 15.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. Joseph Girard III leads the Orange in scoring (16.7 points per game), and averages 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He also delivers 0.9 steals and 0.0 blocked shots. Benny Williams gets the Orange 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He also puts up 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have been lifted by their defense, as they rank 14th-best in the nation by giving up just 59.1 points per game. They rank 224th in college basketball in points scored (69.8 per contest). Virginia is averaging 29.8 boards per game this season (300th-ranked in college basketball), and it has ceded only 27.5 rebounds per game (22nd-best).

When playing at home, the Cavaliers are putting up 68.3 points per game in 2022-23, the same number as they are averaging on the road. Virginia is making 7.2 treys per game (214th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 37.2% shooting percentage (56th-ranked) from beyond the arc. With 6.9 treys conceded per game, the Cavaliers rank 148th in the country. They are allowing a 33.6% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 215th in college basketball.

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What you need to know about the Syracuse Orange

With 75.2 points scored per game and 69.1 points conceded, the Orange are 120th in the country on offense and 193rd on defense. Syracuse is 140th in the nation in rebounds per game (33.3) and 283rd in rebounds conceded (33.1).

Syracuse makes 6.1 3-pointers per game and shoots 34.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 299th and 166th, respectively, in the country. In 2022-23, the Orange are fourth-worst in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (9.7 per game) and 198th in defensive 3-point percentage (33.2%).

The Orange have gone 7-3 in their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Six of Syracuse’s past 10 contests have hit the over. In its past 10 games, Syracuse is tallying 75.1 points per game, compared to its season average of 75.2. While the Orange are surrendering 69.1 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark in their past 10 games, allowing 68.9 points per contest.

Virginia vs. Syracuse Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Virginia, and we expect that Syracuse will cover the spread (Virginia -11.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127.5 points.

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How to bet Virginia vs. Syracuse

You can bet on Virginia vs. Syracuse at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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