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Syracuse Orange vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

Miami Hurricanes (8-5) at Syracuse Orange (13-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Miami Hurricanes travel to Syracuse to play the Orange on Saturday afternoon.

Miami improved to 8-5 on the year after beating Loyola (Maryland) 71-48 on Monday. Miami shot an impressive 54.2% and 46.7% from three-point range. Rion Brown scored 17 points and a team-high 9 rebounds per contest. Donnavan Kirk added 12 points for the Hurricanes in the win. On the year, Brown averages a team-high 13.8 points per game and 3 assists per contest. Garrius Adams is averaging 10.7 points per game, while Kirk averages a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest. The Hurricanes are struggling offensively, averaging just 65 points per game and shooting 42.4% from the field as a team this season. Miami does not distribute the ball well and is an average at best rebounding squad so far this year. This will be Miami’s fourth road game of the year; the Hurricanes are 2-1 on the road this season.

Syracuse Orange vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

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The Syracuse Orange improved to 13-0 after beating Eastern Michigan 70-48 on Tuesday. The Orange shot 51% from the field, but only 21.4% from the three-point line. The Orange only shot 60% from the free throw line and committed 13 turnovers despite winning the game. Rakeem Christmas matched his career high with 15 points, C.J. Fair finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Trever Cooney had 10 points for the Orange. On the year, Fair leads the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Cooney is averaging 14.3 points per game, while Jerami Grant averages a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. Syracuse averages 76.2 points per game and is shooting 47.4% from the field as a team this year. The Orange are a decent rebounding team, pulling down 35.5 boards per game. Syracuse has played nine home games so far this season and only one opponent has lost by less than 10 points in the Carrier Dome.

Miami is not the team they were last year as they lost most of their key players in the offseason. The Hurricanes are not efficient on offense and they will struggle against the Syracuse zone defense. Meanwhile, Miami is a good defensive team that will be able to limit a Syracuse team that has struggled at times on the offensive end of floor despite their record. I think this will be a low scoring game and Syracuse will pull away late to get the win, but Miami will cover the large spread.

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