Villanova vs. Syracuse - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (6-3) at Villanova Wildcats (10-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Villanova Pavilion)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Villanova Wildcats and the Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in college basketball action.
The Villanova Wildcats are 10-0 this season and they are ranked seventh in the nation. Villanova is averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 48.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 56.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Dylan Ennis is averaging 12.3 points to lead the Wildcats. Darrun Hilliard is averaging 11.6 points, Josh Hart is averaging 10.1 points, and JayVaughn Pinkston is averaging 9.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Villanova has been winning by double digits on a regular basis.
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The Syracuse Orange are 6-3 this season but this looks like a rebuilding year for Jim Boeheim’s team. Syracuse is averaging 68.2 points and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 57.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Rakeem Christmas leads the Orange averaging 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. Chris McCullough is averaging 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, Trevor Cooney is averaging 11.6 points, and Kaleb Joseph is averaging 8.0 points. Syracuse is 0-1 against ranked team this season.
Villanova is 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 home games, 38-13 against the spread following a win, and 46-19 against the spread in their last 65 games. Syracuse is 10-4-1 against the spread in their last 15 road games, 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games, and 1-7 against the spread following a win. The underdog has covered the point spread in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.
There is a big number here for good reason, and that reason is Syracuse is going to get drilled. The orange have long been a public favorite but the bettors aren’t going to like backing them here nor most of this season.