Clemson vs. Syracuse Prediction
Will today's ACC matchup between Clemson and Syracuse live up to the hype of a defensive battle?
(543) Clemson Tigers at (544) Syracuse Orange
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: ACC Network
Who Oddsmakers Like: Syracuse…for now. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Orange opened as 1.5-point home favorites to beat the Tigers but the line has dropped to Syracuse -1. As for the total, it hit the board at 123.5 and that's where the number currently sits.
Who Public Bettors Like: Syracuse. As of Saturday morning, 57% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Orange to cover the spread. Meanwhile, 66% of the betting tickets ware also on the over for this game.
Who We Like: The over has been cashing in recent games for Clemson and Syracuse. For example, the over is 7-2 in the Tigers' last nine raod games and is 7-3 in their last 10 games coming off a win. The over is also 4-1 in the Orange's last five home games and is 5-2 in their last seven games overall. That said, I recommend that bettors buck these trends and take the under in what should be a defensive battle throughout. Syracuse is 17th nationally in points allowed (64.5) entering Friday's college basketball slate while Clemson ranks in the top 5 for adjusted defensive efficency. In fact, both of these teams rank in the top-10 in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions).
SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: CLEMSON/SYRACUSE UNDER 123.5