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Syracuse Orange vs. Dayton Flyers - 3/22/14 South Region

Dayton Flyers (24-10) at Syracuse Orange (28-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm (First Niagara Center)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -6.5 -- Over/Under: 128 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Dayton Flyers and Syracuse Orange will meet in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Dayton is coming off an impressive 60-59 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Flyers forced 14 turnovers and received 10 points from Vee Sanford off the bench in the victory. On the season, Dayton averages 73 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allows 67.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. The Flyers are a real confident team right now, winning 11 of their last 13 games and holding four of their last five opponents to 70 or less points. Dayton shoots 68.3 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. On the season, the Dayton Flyers are 18-12 ATS overall.

Syracuse Orange vs. Dayton Flyers - 3/22/14 South Region

Syracuse beat up the Western Michigan Broncos, 77-53 in its second round tournament matchup. The Orange held the Broncos to 34.7 percent shooting and won the rebounding margin 41-25. On the season, Syracuse averages 68.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allows 59.3 points on 41 percent shooting. Despite the struggles down the stretch, Syracuse has held 11 of its last 12 opponents to 67 or less points. Offensively, the Orange shoot 70.6 percent from the free throw line and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Syracuse Orange are 15-12-2 ATS overall.

The Flyers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. 

Syracuse should win this game, but Dayton is playing its best basketball of the season with supreme confidence. The Flyers offense is shooting 48 percent from the field in their last five games. Meanwhile, Syracuse has a knack of playing in close games and making things interesting.

I’ll take Dayton and the points in this one. 

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Dayton Flyers +6.5

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