Syracuse vs. Gonzaga - 3/25/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gonzaga Bulldogs at Syracuse Orange
College Basketball: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm (United Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Syracuse Orange meet Friday night in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at the United Center.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs look for another win after beating Utah on Saturday. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 79.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 20.4 points and 1.4 assists while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds. Eric McClellan is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Josh Perkins is dishing four assists. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 8-1 on neutral courts this season.
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The Syracuse Orange look for another win after beating Middle Tennessee on Sunday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.6 points and 4.4 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.3 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 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 5-1 this season on neutral courts.
This game could really go either way, as both teams are probably playing their best ball of the season right now. Gonzaga has the better resume at this point with wins over Seton Hall and Utah, but there's something about this Syracuse team that I really like. With Cooney and Gbinije stepping up on the offensive end, the Orange are a dangerous team. With this game also being in Chicago, Syracuse is probably going to have a crowd advantage as well.
More of a lean on this game, but I do like the value of Cuse and the points.