Syracuse vs. Miami - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (13-5) at Syracuse Orange (14-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and the Miami Hurricanes face off on Saturday at the Carrier Dome in ACC college basketball action.
The Syracuse Orange are 14-5 this season and have won eight of their last nine games. Syracuse is averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.6 percent. Rakeem Christmas leads the Orange averaging 18 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Trevor Cooney is averaging 14.1 points, Michael Gbinije is averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Chris McCullough is averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Syracuse is 11-1 at home and 5-1 in ACC games this season.
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The Miami Hurricanes are 13-5 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Miami is averaging 70.7 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes. Angel Rodriguez is averaging 14.5 points, Manu Lecomte is averaging 9.2 points, and Tonye Jekiri is averaging 7.8 points and 10.1 rebounds. Miami is 3-1 on the road and 3-2 in ACC games.
Syracuse is 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. Miami is 4-1 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record, 2-5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 18-8 against the spread in Saturday games. The road team has covered the point spread in the last six meetings of these two.
The road team rules this series and I see Miami as the better team and an outright winner.