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Virginia basketball vs Syracuse GAME THREAD

All the info you need for today’s ACC opener.

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Virginia Cavaliers vs Syracuse Orange

How to watch

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Date: December 2nd, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Channel: ESPN2
Betting line: Virginia -10.5

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Game thread

Tipoff is at 7:15 — leave your pre, in, and post-game thoughts here and be sure to check back in for plenty of postgame content later tonight, tomorrow, and next week!

We’ll also be active on Twitter throughout the game and all season long so follow along on there for our staff’s live reactions.

Streaking the Lawn — @STL_UVA

Zach Carey — @Zach_Carey_

Dan Siegel — @DanSiegel_

Ryan Reese — @HoosOn_First

Ben Wieland — @BenWieland

Paul Guttman — @Tiki_UVA

Corbin Lathrop — @CorbinLathrop

John Kurcina — @JohnKurcina

Game notes

Lastly, here are some of the game notes provided by UVA:

All-Time vs. Syracuse

• UVA is 13-6 all-time against Syracuse, including an 11-2 mark in ACC action, in the series that dates to 1983-84.

• Virginia has a five-game winning streak against the Orange, including a pair of wins last season (73-66 in Charlottesville and 67-62 at Syracuse).

• UVA is 5-2 vs. Syracuse at John Paul Jones Arena.

• UVA has held the Orange to 69 or fewer points in each of the last 15 meetings between the teams.

• Head coach Tony Bennett is 12-3 all-time against Syracuse.

Last Time vs. the Orange

• Jayden Gardner scored 17 points to lead then-No. 6 Virginia to a road win at Syracuse 67-62 on Jan. 30, 2023.

• Kihei Clark added 12 points and a game-high 10 assists for his third career double-double as the Cavaliers gained their fifth consecutive win vs. the Orange.

• Gardner drew a charge with 60 seconds remaining and hit a midrange jumper that put UVA ahead 66-62.

• Armaan Franklin added 12 points, including a pair of huge 3-pointers in the second half.

• Virginia shot 46 percent, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range, and outrebounded the Orange 29-25.

• Judah Mintz led Syracuse (13-10, 6-6 ACC) with 20 points.

Last Time Out

• Virginia topped No. 14 Texas A&M 59-47 in the inaugural ACC-SEC Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at John Paul Jones Arena.

• Andrew Rohde led five starters in double figures with a season-high 13 points, while Jake Groves, Ryan Dunn and Reece Beekman chipped in 12 points each.

• UVA (6-1) limited TAMU to 30.4 percent shooting, including 17.4 percent from 3-point range (4 of 23).

• Dunn matched a career high with five blocked shots.

Hoos in the National Rankings

• UVA ranks second nationally in scoring defense (52.9 ppg), third in field goal percentage defense (34.6), fifth in turnovers per game (8.6) and blocks per game (6.6), 12th in turnover margin (6.3), 15th in fouls per game (13.6), 23rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.70), 36th in 3-point percentage defense (27.2)and 38th in steals per game (9.3).

Stock Up

• UVA has totaled 111 stocks (65 steals + 46 blocks).

• UVA is averaging a school-record 15.8 stocks per game (6.6 blocks and 9.3 steals) since 1976 when steals and blocks were first recorded at Virginia and 1985-86 when recognized by the NCAA.

• The school-record for stocks in a season is 13.77 in 1998-99.

• UVA is on pace to break school records for blocks (5.53 bpg in 1979-80) and steals (8.77 spg in 1999-2000).

• UVA averaged 11.1 stocks per game last season (6.8 steals + 4.3 blocks).

• Ryan Dunn leads UVA with 40 stocks, ranking fourth nationally

in blocks (2.9 bpg) and 11th in steals (2.9 spg).

• Dunn is the lone player in NCAA Division I ranked in the top 50 in both steals and blocks.

• Reece Beekman is tied for 11th in steals with Dunn at 2.9 per game.