Game Notes: Virginia vs. Syracuse in the Elite Eight

virginia syracuseNo. 1 seed Virginia (29-7) plays No. 10 seed Syracuse (22-13) in the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 27. Tipoff at United Center (21,223) is set for 6:09 p.m. ET.


For Openers

  • The fourth-ranked Cavaliers seek their third NCAA Final Four berth and first since 1984.
  • UVA topped Syracuse 73-65 earlier this season and has a three-game winning streak in the series.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Syracuse game will be televised on TBS and streamed online at (March Madness on Demand).
  • The UVA-Syracuse game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network on Sirius (84) and XM (84).
  • Live statistics will be located on and Virginia Sports app.


The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 165-71 in seven seasons at UVA and 234-104 in 10 seasons overall.
  • Syracuse: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 1966), 883-341 in 40 seasons at Syracuse.


All-Time in The NCAA Tournament

  • The Cavaliers are making their sixth NCAA Regional final appearance (1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1995, 2016) and first since 1995.
  • Virginia is 28-19 all-time in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • UVA is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 1993-95.
  • UVA earned its fifth No. 1 seed and second in the last three seasons.
  • UVA has a 12-4 record as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • UVA reached the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
  • Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 9-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (six appearances), including a 6-3 mark at UVA.


All-Time vs. Syracuse

  • UVA is 4-3 all-time against Syracuse, including a 1-1 mark in the NCAA Tournament, in the series that dates back to 1983-84.
  • UVA posted a 63-55 win over Syracuse in the East Regional semifinals in 1984 and a 63-61 loss to the Orange in the second round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament in Richmond, Va.
  • Head coach Tony Bennett is 3-0 all-time against Syracuse.
  • Malcolm Brogdon is Virginia’s current career leading scorer against Syracuse, averaging 16.7 points in three career games.
  • Anthony Gill is averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games against Syracuse.
  • London Perrantes has chipped in 10.7 points and 8.0 assists per game in three games against Syracuse.


Last Time vs. The Orange

  • Malcolm Brogdon tallied 21 points to lead then-No. 13 Virginia to a 73-65 win over Syracuse on Jan. 24.
  • London Perrantes added 16 points, seven assists and career-high four steals for the Cavaliers.
  • Anthony Gill added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who out-rebounded the Orange 31-28 and shot 56.8 percent.
  • Michael Gbiniji had 24 points for the Orange, while Malachi Richardson added 23.
  • Syracuse went 13-30 from 3-point range and UVA was 8-18.


Last Time Out

  • Anthony Gill finished with a season-high 23 points, and Mike Tobey came off the bench to score 18, leading the top-seeded Cavaliers to an 84-71 victory in the Midwest Region semifinals.
  • UVA shot 56.1 percent from the field and scored a season-high 52 points in the paint.
  • UVA shot 60.7 percent in the first half to jump to a 45-31 halftime edge.
  • Georges Niang scored 30 points to lead Iowa State.
  • UVA out-rebounded ISU 33-24 and dished out 26 assists.


NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Anthony Gill is averaging 20.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, both team highs.
  • Malcolm Brogdon (15.0) and Mike Tobey (12.0) also are averaging in double figures.
  • As a team, UVA is averaging 80.7 points per game and outscoring its opponents by 19 points per game.
  • UVA is shooting 55.7 percent from the field.
  • UVA has averaged 39.3 points per game in the paint.


On The Horizon

  • The Virginia-Syracuse winner advances to the NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, March 31.
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