Miami vs. Syracuse - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (10-4) at Miami Hurricanes (11-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm (BankUnited Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and Miami Hurricanes square off Saturday at the BankUnited Center.
The Syracuse Orange could use a strong win after splitting their last eight games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 72 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 assists while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. Malachi Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Lydon is grabbing seven rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. Syracuse is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost five straight road games.
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The Miami Hurricanes look to build on their nice six-game winning streak. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 85.2 points on 51 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 15.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez is averaging 12.5 points and 3.9 assists. Ja'Quan Newton is dishing three assists and Tonye Jekiri is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. Miami is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Orange are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Hurricanes are 24-9 ATS in their last 33 Saturday games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Orange are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Miami-Florida.
Miami is a very, very good basketball team with scorers everywhere. However, Syracuse is no slouch, is great defensively and just took Pittsburgh down to the wire on the road. I'll take the Orange and the points as that's where the value is at.