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Syracuse vs. Arkansas State - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-6) at Syracuse Orange (7-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Syracuse Orange -20.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
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The Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Syracuse Orange meet in college basketball action from the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 71-63 win over Missouri State in their last outing. Grantham Gillard led the Red Wolves with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds while Christian Willis and Marquis Eaton each added 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for A-State in the win, with Eaton shooting a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line. Salif Boudie added 8 rebounds of his own while Ty Cockfield chipped in 8 points with team-highs of 5 assists and 3 steals as well in the win. Cockfield still leads Arkansas State with an average of 21.3 points and 3.1 assists per game while Gillard leads the Red Wolves in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Arkansas State is averaging 74.5 points per game on 40% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The Syracuse Orange will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 71-59 loss to Buffalo in their last outing. Elijah Hughes led ‘Cuse with 16 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes while Frank Howard added 13 points with 3 triples and Tyus Battle added 11 points. Oshae Brissett added 10 points with team-highs of 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double to round out the scoring in double figures for the Orange in the losing effort. Battle leads Syracuse in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game while Brissett leads the Orange with averages of 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Syracuse is averaging 69.8 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.

Arkansas State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.

A lot of times it can end up being Cockfield or bust for Arkansas State offensively, and that leads to dry spells from time-to-time but the Red Wolves have improved keeping their road games respectable, including a 12-point loss to Lehigh and covering a 20.5-point spread against Minnesota. Syracuse can stifle anybody with their zone, but the Orange aren’t a very deep team to begin with and I wonder if Syracuse is capable of covering this spread. The Orange have failed to cover both of their games as a 20+ point favorite this season, so I’ll take a stab at Arkansas State and the points.

Arkansas State +20.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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