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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (19-12) at Pittsburgh Panthers (20-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers 0 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Panthers will play the Syracuse Orange in the second round of the ACC tournament.

The Syracuse Orange are 19-12 (9-9) and are the #9 seed in the ACC tournament. Syracuse finished the regular season by losing 4 of their last 5 games and is coming off of a loss to Florida State by a score of 78-73. Syracuse is averaging 70.2 points per game while giving up 65.5 points per game. Syracuse is also averaging 35.7 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.6 points per game and 4.5 assists per game for Syracuse. Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Orange. Syracuse is shooting 68.2% on free throws, 35.7% on three-pointers, and 42.5% on all field goal attempts.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers are 20-10 (9-9) and are the #8 seed in the ACC tournament. Pittsburgh finished the regular season by losing 3 of their last 4 games and is coming off of a loss to Georgia Tech by a score of 63-59. Pittsburgh swept the season series against Syracuse with scores of 72-61 and 66-52. Pittsburgh is averaging 76.3 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Pittsburgh is also averaging 38.9 rebounds per game and 17.2 assists per game. Michael Young is averaging 16.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis is averaging 14.4 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Pittsburgh is shooting 75.9% on free throws, 34.4% on three-pointers, and 45.9% on all field goal attempts.

Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. Syracuse is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 10-1-1 in the last 12 neutral site games for Syracuse. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 5-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.

This should be a very close game between two good teams in the ACC. Pittsburgh has the offensive advantage, while Syracuse plays better defense. Pittsburgh has the advantage in rebounding and is the better shooting team. This game could go either way, so I will take the points in this one. 

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