Miami vs. Syracuse Pick - Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/16/23

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The Syracuse Orange and the Miami Hurricanes meet in college basketball action from the Watsco Center on Monday.

The Syracuse Orange will try to build on back-to-back wins after a 78-73 win over Notre Dame in their last matchup. Joseph Girard III leads Syracuse in scoring with 16.7 PPG while Judah Mintz has 15.6 PPG with a team-high 4.3 APG to lead the Orange in assists and Jesse Edwards has 13.3 PPG with a team-high 11 RPG to lead the Orange on the glass, averaging a double-double per game while also capping off the trio of double-digit scorers for Syracuse up to this point in the season. As a team, Syracuse is averaging 75.2 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field, 36.7% from three and 73.4% from the foul line this season

The Miami Hurricanes will try to find some consistency, alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games after an 83-81 OT loss to NC State last time out.  Isaiah Wong leads the Hurricanes in scoring and assists with 17.2 PPG and 4 APG while Jordan Miller has 14.9 PPG with 5.6 RPG. Norchad Omier has 13.9 PPG with a team-high 9.9 RPG to lead the Hurricanes on the glass and Nijel Pack has 11.4 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Miami so far this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 78.2 PPG on 48.5% shooting from the field, 33.9% from three and 75.3% from the foul line this season.

Syracuse is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games following a win while the over is 15-2 in their last 17 Monday games. Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m backing Syracuse here. I like Miami a lot, but this is a lot of points to give up between two teams that normally play tight games against one another. I think Miami probably wins this game, but wouldn’t be surprised if it was a 2-3 point game. Give me the Orange and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Syracuse +7