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Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, New York
The Line
The Line: Syracuse -9 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Carrier Dome.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 77.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 17.1 points and 4.7 assists while Trey McGowens is averaging 14.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jared Wilson-Frame is the third double-digit scorer and Au'Diese Toney is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 27.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost all three road games this season.

The Syracuse Orange look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 71.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 18 points and 3.1 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 15.3 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is dishing 3.8 assists. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won nine of their last 12 home games.

Panthers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Orange are 15-37-1 ATS in their last 53 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Panthers are 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Syracuse and 22-7-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings. The under is 9-4 in Orange last 13 overall. The under is 39-13 in Panthers last 52 overall.

We keep getting big numbers with the Pittsburgh Panthers and all they do is cover the spread, as they're 13-3-1 ATS on the season and 4-0-1 ATS on the road. Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS this season as an underdog. Pittsburgh plays elite level defense that travels, as its allowing 39.3 percent shooting in its last five games and 39.9 percent shooting on the road. Getting this many points with one of the best defensive teams in the country has proven to be a steal. And while the Syracuse Orange are the more talented team from top to bottom, they're not the most trustworthy offensively. Give me the points.

Pittsburgh Panthers +9

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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