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Syracuse vs. Notre Dame - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-3) at Syracuse Orange (12-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Syracuse Orange meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Carrier Dome.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 81.7 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Matt Farrell is averaging 15.9 points and 5.1 assists while Temple Gibbs is averaging 14.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Rex Pflueger is dishing 2.7 assists and Martinas Geben is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won two of their last three road games.

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Syracuse vs. Notre Dame - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 71.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 62.9 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 19.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while Frank Howard is averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Paschal Chukwu is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast, 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, 15-36-2 ATS in their last 53 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Syracuse, the home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

A lot of folks are going to write off Notre Dame now that Bonzie Colson is out for a while, but the Irish still have enough offensive firepower to be an effective team, and they just got done dropping 88 points on NC State. Syracuse can have issues scoring the basketball and has been in some tight games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are still a decent basketball team that can always get hot from deep, which is key against this Orange zone. Give me the points.

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