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Syracuse vs. Long Beach State - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Long Beach State 49ers (5-8) at Syracuse Orange (7-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Long Beach State 49ers and Syracuse Orange meet Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

The Long Beach State 49ers look to snap a four-game skid and are playing their eighth true road game. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 66.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and is allowing 72.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Mike Caffey is averaging 17.8 points and 3.6 assists while Tyler Lamb is averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. David Samuels is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Branford Jones is shooting 45.1 percent from the field. The Long Beach State 49ers are still looking for consistency on offense, as they’ve scored 68 or less points in five straight games. Long Beach State is shooting 63.7 percent from the free throw line and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Long Beach State is forcing 13.2 turnovers per game and allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep.

Syracuse vs. Long Beach State - 12/28/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange have split their last six games and play for the first time in six days. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 69.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 58.3 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 16.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 12.8 points on 40 percent shooting. Chris McCullough is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Joseph is averaging 5.4 assists. The Syracuse Orange once again turn to their defense to win games, as they’re forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest and holding teams to 28.4 percent shooting from deep. The Orange have allowed less than 70 points in nine of their 11 games. Offensively, Syracuse is shooting 66.2 percent from the free throw line and 26.7 percent from downtown.

The 49ers are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Orange are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. 

Long Beach State isn't scoring the way we're used to seeing in years past, and that's likely not going to change against Syracuse. I look for the Orange to come out firing and win this game by double digits. 

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Syracuse Orange -11

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