The largest home crowd of the season is expected for Syracuse when it hosts No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.
The fans will likely not be entertained by an up-tempo, high-scoring, fast-break show. Defense will be theme when the Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 ACC) play the Orange (15-7, 4-5) in front of an expected crowd of more than 26,000 at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse's top home attendance this season is 24,304 against Notre Dame.
Virginia has the best defensive team in the nation, allowing only 52.7 points per game.
Syracuse is known for its active 2-3 zone defense under coach Jim Boeheim. The Orange rank No. 10 nationally, allowing 62.8 points per game.
In the first meeting on Jan. 9 in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia won 69-61. The Cavaliers shot only 38.3 percent from the field and Syracuse made 37.7 percent.
The Orange made 28.6 percent of its 3-point shots and the Cavaliers shot just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. << Read more
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