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Syracuse vs. Texas Southern - 12/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Southern Tigers (1-9) at Syracuse Orange (9-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Syracuse Orange and the Texas Southern Tigers face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Syracuse Orange are 9-3 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Syracuse is averaging 72.2 points per game and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.9 points and their opponents are shooting 38.5 percent. Michael Gbinije leads the Orange averaging 18.9 points per game. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.5 points, Malachi Richardson is averaging 12.3 points, and Tyler Lydon is averaging 10.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. Syracuse has been beating some very soft competition of late.

Syracuse vs. Texas Southern - 12/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Southern Tigers are 1-9 this season and they have lost their last five games in a row. Texas Southern is averaging 69.9 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 81.3 points and their opponents are shooting 50.7 percent. Malcolm Riley leads the Tigers averaging 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Derrick Griffin is averaging 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, Chris Thomas is averaging 14.3 points, and David Blanks is averaging 9.4 points. Syracuse seems to have scoured the planet for cupcakes on their schedule and they appear to have landed another one here.

Syracuse is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 5-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 8-21 against the spread following a win. Texas Southern is 4-1 against the spread following a loss and 7-3 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600.

This is a monster spread but an embarrassment of an opponent for Syracuse so it has to be an impressive win or the scheduling of this game makes even less sense. Let’s just be happy we aren’t the poor souls who have been bilked into buying tickets for this game.

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Syracuse Orange -16.5

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