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Syracuse Orange vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (18-7) at Syracuse Orange (18-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

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

TV: ESPN2

The Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to play the Syracuse Orange in an ACC game on Saturday.

The Syracuse Orange are 18-9 (8-6) and are coming off of a loss to Louisville by a score of 72-58. Syracuse has won 5 of their last 6 games and is currently 8th in the ACC standings. Syracuse is averaging 70.6 points per game while giving up 64.7 points per game. Syracuse is also averaging 36.6 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.2 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for Syracuse. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.6 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Orange. Syracuse is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 36.4% on three-pointers, and 42.5% on all field goal attempts.

Syracuse Orange vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers are 18-7 (7-6) and are coming off of a win against Wake Forest by a score of 101-96. Pittsburgh has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently 9th in the ACC standings. Pittsburgh defeated Syracuse by a score of 72-61 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Pittsburgh is averaging 78.7 points per game while giving up 68.2 points per game. Pittsburgh is also averaging 39.3 rebounds per game and 18 assists per game. Michael Young is averaging 16.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game for Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis is averaging 14.8 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Pittsburgh is shooting 76.4% on free throws, 36.4% on three-pointers, and 46.4% on all field goal attempts.

Pittsburgh is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss. Pittsburgh is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The under is 5-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 road games. Syracuse is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. Syracuse is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 games for Syracuse. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

This should be an entertaining game between two teams that are fighting for positioning in the ACC standings. Pittsburgh has the better offense in this matchup, while also being the better rebounding team. Syracuse has been playing well in their last few games and I like them at home. 

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Syracuse Orange -3.5

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