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Syracuse vs. Miami (FL) - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami (FL) at Syracuse
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, NY
The Line
Syracuse Orange -8.5 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange meet in an ACC college basketball matchup from the Carrier Dome on Thursday night.

The Miami Hurricanes will look to bounce back after losing 4 of their last 5 games following an 85-76 loss to North Carolina in their last outing. Chris Lykes led the ‘Canes with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Anthony Lawrence II added 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 triples. Zach Johnson added 17 points with a pair of steals while Ebuka Izundu added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Miami in the losing effort. Lykes leads Miami in scoring with an average of 18.1 points and 3.7 assists per game while Izundu leads the Hurricanes in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 76.5 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

The Syracuse Orange come into this one looking to build off of back-to-back wins, following up their huge win over Duke with a 74-63 win over Pittsburgh in their last outing. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 3 threes while Buddy Boeheim added 4 threes as part of his 13-point outing. Oshae Brissett added 11 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks while Frank Howard added 10 points and a share of the team-high with 5 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for ‘Cuse in the win. Paschal Chukwu added 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds with 3 blocks while Marek Dolezaj added 4 points along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists of his own in the victory. Battle leads Syracuse in scoring with 18.2 points per game while Brissett leads the Orange with an average of 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Syracuse is averaging 71.8 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

Miami is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Syracuse is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 home games. Miami is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Syracuse.

Miami has had some luck in this matchup ATS at the Carrier Dome, but despite facing some tough competition, the Hurricanes have struggled on the road dating back to last season and are having trouble keeping up with above average competition. Syracuse cracked the defensive code that was Pittsburgh after a strong performance against Syracuse. 4 of Syracuse’s 6 wins over this recent hot stretch have come by double figures and I think the Orange can make it 5 with another double-digit win and cover in this one.

Pick:
Syracuse -8.5

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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