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Syracuse vs. UCONN - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (6-2) at Syracuse Orange (6-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

One of the more compelling college basketball matchups on Tuesday pits the Syracuse Orange against the UCONN Huskies as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

The Syracuse Orange come into this one looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 76-60 defeat at the hands of Kansas last time out. Tyus Battle led the team with 22 points on 7 of 20 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals. Frank Howard came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a team-high 7 assists while Oshae Brissett added 13 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of steals to round out the scoring in double-digits for the Orange. Bourama Sidibe chipped in 3 steals while Paschal Chukwu added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds. Battle leads the team in scoring with 20 points per game while Howard leads the team in assists with 6.1 assists per game and Brissett leads the way in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Syracuse is scoring 72.3 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 27.7% from behind the arc and 64.9% from the foul line this season.

Syracuse vs. UCONN - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UCONN Huskies will be looking to build on a pair of back-to-back overtime wins, including an 84-81 win over Monmouth last time out. Jalen Adams led the team with a game-high 31 points on 13 of 22 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 4 assists with a pair of steals. Christian Vital came 2nd with 19 points on 4 of 10 shooting with an 11 of 13 mark from the foul line and 19 points, while Terry Larrier added 16 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 steals, while Antwoine Anderson added 10 points to round out the scoring for UCONN in double figures. Adams leads the Huskies with an average of 19.4 points and 3.3 assists per game while Larrier is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UCONN is scoring 72.9 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season.

Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-3 ATS ion their last 11 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. UCONN is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 against the ACC. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

UCONN should be a bit of an easier test for Syracuse with this kind of being a home game. But the Orange have struggled ATS in their own right, and UCONN has some experience playing in MSG as well. I expect a tight game throughout so I’ll side with UCONN and the points.

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