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Notre Dame vs. Syracuse - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet up on the college basketball court Saturday.

Syracuse sits at 9-4 on the year. The Orange have won their last two games since dropping to Old Dominion and Buffalo, taking out Arkansas State and St. Bonaventure in that pair.

In the Bonnies matchup, Syracuse’s lead scorer was Tyus Battle with 21 points, two rebounds and two assists. Also in double-figures for the Orange were Elijah Hughes (16 points) and Buddy Boeheim (12 points).

Over on the Irish side, they’re currently 10-4 this season. Following a four-game win streak over Purdue, Binghamton, Jacksonville and Coppin State, Notre Dame fell to Virginia Tech in their last outing.

In the Hokies game, Notre Dame’s Temple Gibbs put up 19 points and four assists to lead the team. DJ Harvey put in 16 points and seven boards for the Irish, and John Mooney almost doubled up on 10 rebounds and nine points.

The Orange are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games. Syracuse is 0-4 ATS in their last four versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the under is 4-0 in their last four following an ATS win.

Meanwhile, the Irish are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 following an ATS loss. Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and the under is 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games.

Syracuse had a pretty bad game against Old Dominion—a decent team, but one the Orange should have beaten—and were out of sorts versus Buffalo. Since then, Syracuse has gotten things back on track with 163 points in their last pair, however.

I don’t have a ton of faith in the Irish offense to keep Syracuse at bay, so I’m going to go with the Orange on the win. It should be a fun game to watch, though.

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