Published on January 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 3 Virginia (14-1, 3-0) in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 8 p.m. The Orange has lost three of its last five games, including two-straight conference losses to Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have ridden their vaunted defense to a 14-1 mark, including a win over then-No. 12 North Carolina on Saturday.See how our beat writers think SU will fare.Matthew Gutierrez (14-2)Cavalier about itVirginia 70, Syracuse 54The third-ranked team in the country will host a sliding Syracuse squad and come away with a double-digit win. Virginia gives up a nation-best 52.5 points per game, creating an unwelcome situation Tuesday night for the Orange’s sputtering offense. The Cavaliers are such a mismatch for the Orange that heck, they could come out cavalier about this game and still win.Sam Fortier (12-4)Hoos your daddyVirginia 59, Syracuse 43AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMuch has been made of Virginia’s defense, and deservedly so, but the Cavs are also a solid offensive unit as well. With Mamadi Diakite in at the center position, they can pretty much score from all five spots. UVA head coach Tony Bennett has also been using a lot of guard-heavy lineups that doesn’t subtract too much from his unit. The offense isn’t a juggernaut and it won’t need to be to beat the Orange on Tuesday.Tomer Langer (12-4)Packing it inVirginia 63, Syracuse 41Syracuse just failed to reach the 50-point plateau at home against a depleted Notre Dame team. Now, it goes up against the top-ranked defense in the country. Virginia’s pack-line defense just held North Carolina to 49 points. All signs point to it being a long night for the Orange. Comments
Jackie Tyrell is definitely out, having undergone surgery after suffering a stress fracture in his foot while training last weekend.Brian Cody has also conceded that Richie Power’s continuing injury problems mean he won’t feature.While Michael Fennelly is unlikely to face the Deise as his back problems have limited his involvement in training.