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Syracuse vs. Louisville - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (20-5) at Syracuse Orange (16-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Louisville Cardinals and Syracuse Orange play Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

The Louisville Cardinals hope to bounce back after splitting their last four games. On the season, Louisville is averaging 71.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 59 points on 37.6 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. Chris Jones is dishing 3.7 assists and Wayne Blackshear is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 67.5 percent from the line and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 56 or less points in three of its last four games.

Syracuse vs. Louisville - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange have lost four of their last six games and look for their first ranked win. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 69.7 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 14.6 points and 2.3 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange have five players averaging at least 6.9 points, and they’re shooting 65.1 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last five games.

The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games. The Orange are 4-15-2 ATS in their last 21 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cardinals are 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

With Syracuse being banned from any tournaments this season, this is its national championship. Expect a nasty crowd and a motivated team to come out and try its best to pull off the upset. I like the Orange and the points at home. 

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Syracuse Orange +3.5

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