Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (17-10) at Syracuse Orange (17-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange square off Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
The Pittsburgh Panthers look for a big win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 68.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Jamel Artis is averaging 13 points and 2.1 assists while Michael Young is averaging 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. James Robinson is dishing five assists and Chris Jones is shooting 42.8 percent from the field. The Pittsburgh Panthers have four players averaging at least 8.8 points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in seven of its last nine games.
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The Syracuse Orange also look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 18.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 14.2 points and 2.4 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange have four players averaging at least 7.8 points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 31.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Panthers are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Orange are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Panthers are 6-0-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Syracuse and 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
Syracuse has been playing solid ball lately knowing that this is all they have after being banned from the postseason. With the Panthers struggling as of late, I like the Orange and the small number at home.