Cardinals vs. Orange Prediction
The 18th-ranked Louisville Cardinals almost blew a third straight second-half lead last game before holding on for a narrow win. Will Louisville go on the road tonight and put together a more complete performance at the Syracuse Orange?
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Carrier Dome at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Orange are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 133.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 55 percent of public bets are siding with host Syracuse. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cardinals hold on at Tigers
Louisville nearly blew the entirety of a seven-point lead in the final 17 seconds Saturday at home versus Clemson, but two shots by the visitors in the closing seconds were off the mark as the Cardinals (18-8, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on for a 56-55 victory. Louisville outscored the hosts 37-32 in the second half of the win. The Cardinals shot 19-of-54 from the floor, 6-of-19 from 3-point range and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Christen Cunningham led the way for Louisville with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3-point range plus 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He also notched five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Jordan Nwora added 11 points, four boards, three steals and two blocked shots.
Orange fall flat at NC State
Syracuse fell by a count of 73-58 Wednesday night at North Carolina State to fall to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in conference action. The Orange were outscored 43-31 in the second half of the defeat. Syracuse shot 21-of-60 from the field, 5-of-25 from 3-point range and 11-of-22 at the free throw line. Frank Howard paced the Orange with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 5-of-11 from 3-point range in 28 minutes of action. Marek Dolezaj added 10 points, five boards and three steals off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. Louisville is 15-5-1 ATS in its last 21 games following an ATS loss.
The Orange are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss. Syracuse is 6-2 ATS in its last eight home games.
With the way Louisville has been playing lately, it is hard to trust on the road especially when the Orange have a tendency to bounce back strong from rough defeats. Syracuse is due for another big home performance and still has a strong defense, so as long as it shoots better than last game it should be in good shape here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: SYRACUSE ORANGE -2