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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Syracuse Orange - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (17-10) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Joyce Center)

The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network

The Syracuse Orange will travel to the Syracuse Orange to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Syracuse Orange dropped to 17-10 (8-6 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 65-61, this past Saturday. Syracuse shot 42.9% from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Orange was Rakeem Christmas who had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Syracuse is ranked 73rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 87th ranked SOS. On the season, the Orange have been led by Rakeem Christmas (18.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and Trevor Cooney (13.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg). Syracuse is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 123rd) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 135th). The Orange is averaging 15.7 apg (ranked 19th) and commits 11.7 turnovers per game (ranked 71st). Syracuse is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg (ranked 94th) on 40.2% shooting (ranked 69th). The Orange pull down 37.0 total rpg (ranked 61st) and have a rebound margin of 2.7 (ranked 94th).

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Syracuse Orange - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 9th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 24-4 (12-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles, 87-70, this past Saturday. Notre Dame shot 66.0% from the field and 53.8% (7-13) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Jerian Grant who had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 11 assists. Notre Dame is ranked 26th in the RPI Standings and has played the 134th ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Irish have been led by Jerian Grant (17.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.5 apg) and Pat Connaughton (13.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg). Notre Dame is averaging 79.8 ppg (ranked 9th) on 51.3% shooting (ranked 2nd). The Fighting Irish average 8.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 17th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 4.67 (ranked 4th).  Notre Dame is holding their opponents to an average of 65.4 ppg (ranked 147th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 155th). The Fighting Irish pull down 24.75 defensive rpg (ranked 93rd) and have a turnover margin of 2.2 (ranked 43rd).

The Orange are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.  The Fighting Irish are 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 vs. the ACC and 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 home games.

Syracuse has split their last 6 games and couldn't follow-up an impressive victory against Louisville as they dropped a close one to Pittsburgh. Notre Dame has won three straight and was quite impressive on the offensive end against the Boston College Eagles. Syracuse only has a handful of games left due to their self-imposed ban from any tournament and although their seniors will be playing hard until the end, I think they are looking forward to playing at Duke and Virginia in their next two. I think Notre Dame continues their hot shooting and covers this large spread. 

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish -9.0

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