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Syracuse vs. Monmouth - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Monmouth Hawks (1-1) at Syracuse Orange (2-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -14.5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network

The Syracuse Orange and the Monmouth Hawks face off on Friday in the Carrier Dome in college basketball action.

The Syracuse Orange are off to a 2-0 start to the season after blowing out both Colgate and Holy Cross. Syracuse is averaging 86.5 points per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while holding their opponents to 50.5 points per game and 29.4 percent shooting. Andrew White III is leading the Orange averaging 18 points in 27 minutes per game. Tyler Roberson is averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds for the ‘Cuse, John Gillon is averaging 14 points and 7.5 assists, and Tyler Lydon is averaging 9.5 points and 6 rebounds. Syracuse is coming off of a year where they were the surprise team in the Final Four despite many feeling they didn’t deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament field and this is by far their stiffest test thus far.

Syracuse vs. Monmouth - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Monmouth Hawks are off to a 1-1 start after beating Drexel and then losing to South Carolina in overtime. Monmouth is averaging 73.5 points per game while shooting 36 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while their opponents are scoring 67.5 points and shooting 32.8 percent. Chris Brady is leading the Hawks averaging 15.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. Micah Seaborn is averaging 14 points, Je’lon Hornbeak is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Justin Robinson is averaging 13 points. Monmouth was a team that many felt deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament last season but they were snubbed after losing in their conference tournament.

Syracuse is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 non-conference games, 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 home games, and 4-1 against the spread following a win. Monmouth is 6-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 road games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games.

Monmouth just doesn’t back down from the big schools and I expect them to stand their ground here as well and while Syracuse is the more talented team, Monmouth gets the cover here. 

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