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Syracuse vs. Cornell - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cornell Big Red (6-6) at Syracuse Orange (8-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Syracuse Orange and the Cornell Big Red face off on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome in college basketball action.

The Syracuse Orange are 8-4 this season and have won three of their last four games. Syracuse is averaging 71.2 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59 points and their opponents are shooting 37.4 percent. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds to lead the Orange. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.1 points, Chris McCullough is averaging 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, and Michael Gbinije is averaging 9.8 points. Syracuse is hardly the team we have seen over the years but they still have plenty of top talent on their roster..

Syracuse vs. Cornell - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cornell Big Red is 6-6 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. Cornell is averaging 63.8 points and they are shooting 40.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents shoot 37.2 percent. Shonn Miller is averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Robert Hatter is averaging 12.9 points, Galal Cancer is averaging 10 points, and Devin Cherry is averaging 9.8 points. Cornell is 3-2 on the road this season.

Syracuse is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 3-7 against the spread following a win, and 4-10 against the spread against the Ivy League. Cornell is 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 4-0-1 against the spread following a loss, and 2-5 against the spread against the ACC. The underdog has covered the point spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.

Seventeen points seems to be a ton here so I have to take them and my play is Cornell.

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Cornell Big Red +18

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