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Dayton vs. Syracuse - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (19-13) vs. Dayton Flyers (25-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Dayton +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Syracuse Orange and Dayton Flyers meet Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Scottrade Center.

The Syracuse Orange look to prove the naysayers wrong after losing five of their last six games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.8 points and 4.4 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.4 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange are 3-1 on neutral courts this season.

Dayton vs. Syracuse - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dayton Flyers have not lost in the first round since Brian Gregory was coach. The Dayton Flyers are averaging 73.2 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Charles Cooke is averaging 15.7 points and six rebounds while Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 13 points and 2.3 assists. Scoochie Smith is dishing 4.3 assists and Kyle Davis is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Dayton Flyers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Flyers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Dayton Flyers are 3-2 on neutral courts this season.

The Orange are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 vs. Atlantic 10 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Flyers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. 

Syracuse is in brutal form and probably shouldn't be in the tournament. But, don't let that distract you from who the better team is in this matchup. Syracuse has the better athletes, more playmakers and is far more battle tested playing in the ACC. I like Cus to win this game.

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Syracuse Orange -1

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