UConn vs. Syracuse Pick
Will No. 22 Syracuse have any trouble with a banged-up Connecticut team when they meet up at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Syracuse is favored at home in this game, as the Orange are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Huskies. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 129.5 points. Syracuse has won four of its last five meetings with Connecticut, but the Huskies are 3-1 against the spread in the last four in this series.
Syracuse is 5-2 on the season following a 77-71 win over North Florida. The Orange are just 1-2 against the spread, as they haven’t played many lined games. Syracuse is averaging 76 points per game on offense while allowing just 60.3 points per contest. Andrew White III is averaging 17 points per game to lead Syracuse while Tyler Lydon is putting up 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Connecticut is just 3-4 on the season following a 51-49 win over Boston U. The Huskies are 0-5 against the spread this year as well. The Huskies are averaging 69.6 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up just 71.6 points per game. Jalen Adams is posting 18 points and 5.4 assists per game to lead the team while Terry Larrier is averaging 13.5 points per game. UConn has already been hit with some big injuries. Terry Larrier is out for the year with a knee injury. He averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Alterique Gilbert is also out for the year with a shoulder injury. He averaged 10.3 points per game in his three games of action.
The injuries should be just too much for UConn. The Huskies are still trying to figure out their lineup with Larrier and Gilbert out. Syracuse hasn’t been the strongest team, but they have the talent to take care of business at home against an old rival in Connecticut.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SYRACUSE -8.5