Panthers vs. Orange Prediction
The Syracuse Orange will try to make its argument as a team worthy of an NCAA Tournament bid beginning today when they open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament versus the Pitt Panthers. Will Syracuse rise to the occasion and cover the spread tonight?
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Spectrum Center at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Orange are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 130.5 points. As of Wednesday morning, 59 percent of public bets are being placed on Pittsburgh. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Panthers win second straight
Pittsburgh has now won two in a row following a 13-game losing streak as it downed Boston College 80-70 to advance in the ACC Tournament. The Panthers (14-18) led 36-21 at halftime en route to the win. Pitt shot 26-of-55 from the floor including 5-of-14 from 3-point range plus 23-of-32 at the free throw line. Trey McGowens paced the Panthers with 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 2-of-2 from 3-point land plus 10-of-12 at the charity stripe. He also accounted for four rebounds and two steals. Xavier Johnson tallied 23 points plus four boards, two assists and two steals. Justin Wilson-Frame added 16 points and nine caroms.
Orange fall at Tigers
Syracuse lost by a 67-55 score Saturday at Clemson to wrap the regular season with a 19-12 record and 10-8 in the ACC. The Orange were outscored 43-24 at halftime after leading by seven at halftime. Syracuse shot 18-of-48 from the floor, 6-of-19 from 3-point distance plus 13-of-17 at the free throw line. Oshae Brissett led the Orange with 15 points on 4-of-7 from 3-point distance including 2-of-2 from 3-point range plus 5-of-5 at the free throw line. He also notched seven rebounds and three assists. Buddy Boeheim tallied 11 points and two boards off the bench. Tyus Battle added 10 points and three rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Panthers are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Pittsburgh is 6-0 ATS in its last six neutral court games.
The Orange is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games. Syracuse is 9-22-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings.
Syracuse has struggled lately but three losses came against Duke, North Carolina and Virginia over the last three-plus weeks. I think the Orange will bounce back today against a Pitt team that is still not any good despite the recent better play. Look for Syracuse to make a statement here and be a tough out for anyone else in the ACC Tournament.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: SYRACUSE ORANGE -7