Syracuse Orange (21-13) at TCU Horned Frogs (21-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Syracuse Orange and TCU Horned Frogs will square off at Little Caesars Arena this Friday night in 1st round action of the NCAA Tournament.
The 11-seed Syracuse Orange improved to 21-13 (8-10 ACC) on the season after defeating the Arizona Sun Devils, 60-56, this past Wednesday night in a First Four matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse trailed by a 49-42 margin with just over seven minutes left to play in regulation however, stormed back with an 8-0 run and held on late after Arizona State’s game-tying three-point attempt came up short towards the end of regulation. Syracuse held Arizona State to just 40.4% shooting from the field and 34.4% (11-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Orange was Oshae Brissett who had a double-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 67.5 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Orange are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Syracuse has been led by Tyus Battle (19.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Oshae Brissett (14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Frank Howard (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.9 spg), and Paschal Chukwu (5.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Defensively, Syracuse is holding their opponents to an average of 64.5 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Orange have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The TCU Horned Frogs couldn’t get it done in the Big-12 Championship after losing in the quarterfinals of the Big-12 Championship to the Kansas State Wildcats by a 66-64 (OT) margin, however, the Horned Frogs still has a successful season posting an overall record of 21-11 (9-9 Big-12) and earned a 6-seed as an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. TCU forced overtime on a dramatic three-pointer by Desmond Bane, however, couldn’t force a 2nd OT after Alex Robinson missed two FT’s in the closing seconds of the overtime. TCU shot 46.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kenrich Williams who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, TCU is averaging 83.0 ppg on 49.9% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, TCU has been led by Vladimir Brodziansky (15.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.6 bpg), Kenrich Williams (13.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Desmond Bane (12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Alex Robinson (9.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 75.9 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of -0.1. TCU will be without Jaylen Fisher who is out for the season due to an ACL injury.
The Orange are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The Horned Frogs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Syracuse has won just 3 of their last 7 games however, the Orange do have a defense that can cause teams trouble as Syracuse comes into this game ranked 15th in scoring defense and 8th in defensive FG%. TCU has lost two straight games, however, the Horned Frogs played well down the stretch in the regular season winning 5 of their last 7 games and has been led by their offense that ranks t-19th in scoring offense and 8thin FG%. Syracuse got the win, however, I wasn’t overly impressed by the Orange against an Arizona State team that I thought shouldn’t have made the NCAA Tournament and as the Horned Frogs have the three-point shooting to give Syracuse’s zone some trouble, I’m taking TCU to cover this spread.