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Syracuse Orange vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-4) at Syracuse Orange (12-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Eastern Michigan Eagles travel to Syracuse to play the Orange on Tuesday.

Eastern Michigan dropped to 7-4 on the year after losing at Duke 82-59 last Saturday. Eastern Michigan shot only 37.5% from the field and 22.2 % from long distance. Duke shot 40% against Eastern Michigan’s tough zone defense while hitting 10 three-pointers. Mike Talley had a team-high 20 points for the Eagles, who went 6 minutes between field goals during a crucial stretch when Duke pulled away. Karrington Ward scored 11 points and J.R. Sims scored 10 points for the Eagles. On the year, Eastern Michigan ranks at the bottom of most statistical categories. The Eagles are averaging 71.5 points per game and shooting 44.4% from the field. Ward leads the team with 15 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. This will be the Eagles third straight road game; Eastern Michigan is 1-3 on the road this season.

Syracuse Orange vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

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Syracuse improved to 12-0 on the year after beating Villanova at home 78-62 on Saturday. The Orange shot an impressive 46.7% from the field and 53.8% from behind the arc. Syracuse also shot 82.9% from the free throw line, knocking down 29 of 35 shots. Trevor Cooney led the way with 21 points and Tyler Ennis had 20 for the Orange. Syracuse fell into an early hole against Villanova, but they went of a 20-0 run over the next five minutes to take their first lead and never trailed again. C.J. Fair had 17 points for the Orange despite constant double-teams all day long. On the year, the Orange are averaging 76.7 points per game while shooting over 47% from the field. Fair leads the team with 17.8 points per game, while Cooney averages 14.7 per contest.  The Orange will stay home for this game; Syracuse is 8-0 at home so far this season.

Eastern Michigan has been blown out by some elite teams this year and it will be tough for them to rebound after playing Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Eagles now have to play in the Carrier Dome against arguably the best team in the country. I’m taking Syracuse to win by a big number on Tuesday night.

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Syracuse -19

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