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Preview: Syracuse (13-7, 3-4) vs. No. 13 Virginia (14-4, 3-3)

Previewing: Syracuse vs. No. 13 Virginia

Game 21: Syracuse (14-7, 3-4) vs. No. 13 Virginia (14-4, 3-3)

All-time series: Tied 3-3

Date: Sunday, Jan. 24th 

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, VA)


After being upset the second game of the season by George Washington, Virginia has been vulnerable this season. The Cavaliers already have three ACC losses (Virginia Tech , Georgia Tech and Florida State), which is more than all of last season (2). The Orange, 3-4 in the ACC, are just 1/2 game behind Virginia in the league standings. 

The Cavs are led by senior guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season. Brogdon is coming off a 20-point game against Clemson, which was the Tigers second ACC loss of the season.

UVA scores just under 73 points per game this season, and average roughly 5 steals a game on the defensive end of the floor. Senior forward Anthony Gill is scoring 14.6 points per game, which is second best on the team. He leads the Cavs with 6.1 rebounds per game. 

Three things to watch:

1. Rebounding: UVA, on average, only grabs 33 rebounds per game. Tyler Roberson is coming off a 20-rebound performance against Duke. Syracuse has a chance to exploit their lack of rebounds, which could be a key factor in the game today. 

2. 3-point defense: Virginia is shooting just over 40% from 3 this season, which is the best in the ACC. Syracuse has been vulnerable to the 3-ball this season, but have defended it tremendously of late. Expect a lot of 3's to be taken by both teams. 

3. Tyler Roberson: The only knock on Roberson's game this season has been consistency. He's coming off his best game of the season scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds. Will we see the Tyler Roberson we saw against Duke, or the one against Lehigh (0 points, 5 rebounds). There's no denying that SU needs another big game on the glass from Roberson if they want to pull off a second straight upset on the road. 

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