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Syracuse vs. Notre Dame - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-5) at Syracuse Orange (13-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse Orange square off Thursday at the Carrier Dome.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 79.2 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Demetrius Jackson is averaging 16.6 points and five assists while Zach Auguste is averaging 13.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Steve Vasturia is dishing 3.3 assists and Bonzie Colson is grabbing seven rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Irish are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won 10 of their last 13 road games.

Syracuse vs. Notre Dame - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.4 points and 4.5 assists while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. Malachi Richardson is dishing 1.7 assists and Tyler Roberson is grabbing nine rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won 13 of their last 20 home games.

The Fighting Irish are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Orange are 9-23-2 ATS in their last 34 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Notre Dame is simply the better team here and has proven time and time again it's capable of winning on the road in tough places. Syracuse isn't consistent enough for me to think it has what it takes to beat this Irish team that's hot. I'll take the free bucket in a game ND should win outright.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish +2.5

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