Michigan vs. Syracuse - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (5-1) at Michigan Wolverines (5-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and Michigan Wolverines play Tuesday night at the Crisler Center.
The Syracuse Orange have won three straight since losing to Cal and are looking for their first road win. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 70.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 51.7 points on 34 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse with 17.5 points and nine rebounds while Chris McCullough is averaging 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and Kaleb Joseph is averaging 5.8 assists. The Syracuse Orange have absolutely no outside shooting, knocking down just 19.8 percent from three and having just two players making more than two long-range shots. The good news is that Syracuse continues to play great defense and is grabbing 43.2 rebounds.
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The Michigan Wolverines could use a marquee win since losing to Villanova. On the season, Michigan is averaging 72.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 60 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Zak Irvin leads Michigan with 17.7 points on 48.7 percent shooting and Caris LeVert is averaging 17.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third UM player to average double-digit points and Ricky Doyle is shooting 73.9 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines are a team that relies heavily on the offensive end, knocking down 44.5 percent of their threes and 77 percent from the free throw line. However, Michigan has improved on the defensive end, forcing 13.2 turnovers and allowing no more than 68 points this season.
The Orange are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Wolverines are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast.
While this may be a nightmare matchup for Syracuse considering Michigan knocks down the three-ball to beat the zone, I just can't lay this many points off the table. Syracuse is still a talented team that can compete with anybody in the country. I'll take my chances here.