Western Michigan vs. Syracuse Odds

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BUFFALO, NY (TheSpread) – The third-seeded Syracuse Orange could be facing a scare today in the NCAA Tournament when they take on 14th-seeded Western Michigan at 2:45PM ET on CBS.

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Syracuse is coming off a 27-5 season in its first year as part of the ACC, while Western Michigan has a 23-9 record and the Broncos won the Mid-American Conference Tournament. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Syracuse is the favorite in this game, as the Orange have odds of -13 points against Western Michigan. The over/under total has been set at 128 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.

Syracuse went 14-12-2 against the spread this season while hitting the under 15 times. After a 25-0 start to the season, Syracuse then went just 2-5 over its final seven games. The Orange have a strong zone defense that holds opponents to just 59.5 points per game, but the Syracuse offense is only averaging 68.2 points per game. The team has been led by C.J. Fair, who averages 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Three other Syracuse players average over 12 points per game.

Western Michigan was 16-12-1 against the spread on the year while hitting the over 15 times. The Broncos won 12 of their last 13 games this season and come into this contest with an offense that averages 72.5 points per game and shoots 46.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Western Michigan allows 67.4 points per game, but has held opponents to just 40.8 percent shooting from the field and 30.7 percent shooting from 3-point land. The Broncos are led by David Brown, who averages 19.4 points and 1.4 steals per game.

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These two will face off in the second round of the South Region, today at 2:45PM ET on CBS. The game will be held from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

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