Syracuse students agree: This game actually means the most.
It basically comes down to this. Syracuse has put themselves in a position to be able to win the ACC Regular Season title with a win at Virginia, the only time the top 2 teams will play this season. And the Cavs have proved themselves more than capable. Can Syracuse outlast another team in a close game on the road?
This game will be a defensive battle for both teams. Virginia has the best scoring defense in the nation. Syracuse is 4th in the ACC. Syracuse will have a slight advantage as they run 2-3 Zone, which will force Virginia to prepare offensive sets to run against that zone. If Syracuse can build a lead in the first half, they might be able to outlast Virginia. Syracuse needs to have shooting show up to beat Virginia. The Cavs don't let teams score in the paint well. Syracuse will have trouble driving the ball, and as we know you can't expect referees to actually call fouls. Syracuse will probably have a tough go at offense. However, if Syracuse is able to shoot and score from the perimeter, Syracuse will put itself in a position to win the game. The shooting has been too inconsistent to expect that to happen though. All hail our new ACC Overloards, the Virginia Cavilers. I'm picking them over the Orange by 5.
This game is available nationally on ESPN / Watch ESPN at 4:00pm. If Virginia wins the game they clinch the ACC Regular Season title. If Syracuse wins, they put themselves in the position to win it. Either way it should be a frustrating, defense heavy game. I'm not sure if I'll be on the Twitter today but I'll be watching and so will John. Virginia stupidly is having an Orange-Out while playing the Syracuse Orange so if we lose this it's a home loss right?