Big East Title Game Free Pick
NEW YORK, NY (The Spread) – The final game in the Big East as we presently know it will take place tonight at Madison Square Garden when No. 19 Syracuse takes on No. 4 Louisville in the conference's title match at 8:30PM ET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Louisville as a 5.5-point favorite over Syracuse for tonight’s game, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 124.5 points. The Orange enter play with a 26-8 overall record and are 4-1 at neutral sites this season, while the Cardinals are 28-5 overall and 5-1 on neutral floors.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Cardinals opened as 5-point favorites but the spread has been bet up to 5.5 at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 122 and has been bet up to 124.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 53% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Syracuse. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Louisville. According to latest college basketball trends, the Orange are 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games versus the Cardinals, who are 6-0 against the number in their last six Big East games. They're also 13-3 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
Louisville has won six straight games in the Big East tournament, which is the fifth-longest winning streak in the title game's history. The Cardinals are currently on a nine-game winning streak following their victory over Notre Dame in the semifinal on Friday, and their average margin of victory is 13.7 points over that span. Look for the game to be close throughout but for the Cardinals to eventually pull away late in the second half.
2013 BIG EAST TITLE GAME PREDICTION: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS -5.5