Syracuse students agree: After Kansas, this should be a cake walk.
This is certainly not the Virginia team that Syracuse faced last season in Virginia. The Cavaliers already have one loss on the year, their last game at home versus Liberty. Yes, Liberty. They lost 86 to 82 at home to an inferior opponent. Therefore, one would guess that Virginia will be easy pickings for Syracuse at home in the Carrier Dome. However, as we saw in the Richmond game, Syracuse knowing they are playing an inferior opponent will not come out with a standard level of intensity needed to finish off even the easiest of opponents. Syracuse could get fits from Sylven Landesberg, who is averaging 22 points per game and is shooting 37.5% from long range. However, if the man defense is working like it did against Kansas for the second half, Syracuse will be able to shut him down and take advantage from Onuaku and some hot shooting from one of any of Syracuse’s long range threats. This should be an easy one for the Orange if all things that should happen do. I will be in the Carrier Dome tonight for the game so they better not play terribly. I’m picking Syracuse over Virginia by 16.