Date: Sunday, March 11, 2021
Tip-Off Time: 5:15 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Announce Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
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Spread: West Virginia -2.5
Where are they from? Syracuse, New York
Series History: Former members of the Big East from 1995-2012, Syracuse holds a 34-16 advantage against West Virginia. The last meeting took place on Jan. 28, 2012, a 63-61 Syracuse victory at the Carrier Dome. Bob Huggins is 1-5 against Syracuse. All of those meetings have been while he was at West Virginia.
Record: 17-9 (9-7 ACC)
Record in 2019-20: 18-14 (10-10 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Boeheim (45th Season)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe, Taz Sherman, and Miles McBride
Syracuse Orange: Quincy Guerrier, Merek Dolezaj, Alan Griffin, Joseph Girard III, and Buddy Boeheim
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
A win here will advance West Virginia to the Sweet Sixteen for the 9th time in their last 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. Surely that combination of numbers isn’t a harbinger of impending doom, and surely that pesky 1-5 record that Bob Huggins holds against Syracuse while at WVU won’t have any bearing on the outcome of this game.
West Virginia slips past the Orange in a hard-fought, old Big East style grind. Deuce McBride proves to be the difference maker, and the Mountaineers continue on their path to destiny.
West Virginia 79 , Syracuse 72
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