The Syracuse Orange play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this evening, as the NCAA Basketball odds
makers have opened the home team as a 14 point favorite. Which side do we believe is worth adding to your picks tonight?
The No. 7 Syracuse Orange have cashed with a 7-2 spread
record in their first nine ‘board’ battles, including a 5-1 ATS mark at Carrier
Dome. Jim Boeheim’s squad opens Big East Conference play on its floor with
Wednesday’s matchup against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who are 3-1 ATS in
their four contests away from home. Which side will stay hot here as January’s
Orange, Williams pull away at home
Syracuse’s latest triumph came in Monday’s 96-62 spanking
of the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, collecting as a 27-point home
favorite. The Orange drained 10-of-22 buckets from three-point land as part of
a 50.6 percent day of field shooting.
Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams notched his seventh
double-double in nine games, piling in 18 points and 13 assists. Williams’
mates C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas grabbed 10 boards each, leading Syracuse
in outrebounding Central Connecticut State, 55-29.
The lopsided battle’s combined 158 points leaped above
the ‘total’ of 151 ½, bringing the OVER to 4-2 in Syracuse’s last six affairs
with a ‘total’ set. Christmas added four of his side’s eight blocks, while the
Orange hit 8-of-13 free throws.
Rutgers, Miller edge out Rider
Rutgers notched a fifth straight win in Friday’s 68-56
victory over the Rider Broncs, holding on to cash as 10-point home
‘chalk.’ The Scarlet Knights held Rider
to 30.4 percent field shooting, while being outrebounded by the Broncs, 30-28.
Scarlet Knights guard Dane Miller logged a season-high 18
points, while adding five assists and his squad’s sole two blocks. Rutgers’
Wally Judge and Eli Carter united for 12 boards, with Carter hitting 6-of-6
free throws en route to 15 points.
Rutgers connected beyond the arc at a sparse 1-for-8
clip, pulling out the ‘cover’ despite the Broncs sinking 22-of-23 free throws.
Scarlet Knights mates Myles Mack and Mike Poole recorded two steals each,
making up part of Rider’s 16 turnovers.
Back the Orange at home
The NCAA Basketball betting lines at Bookmaker.eu opened Syracuse as a 16 ½-point home
favorite. Early wagers on Rutgers drove the number south a ‘hook’ to 16.
For today's NCAA basketball picks, I am laying the double-digit ‘chalk’ here, looking for
Syracuse to open its conference slate with a statement victory. The Orange have
a 6-2 spread record in their last eight games that followed a victory, while
cashing at a sizable 13-3 ATS clip in their last 16 spots that followed scoring
over 90 points.
Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams leads the Big East in
assists (10.2 APG) and steals (3.2 SPG), while Rakeem Christmas is third in
blocks (2.3 BPG). Orange backers have collected at 5-2 ATS in Syracuse’s last
seven meetings with Rutgers, with Boeheim’s squad holding the Scarlet Knights
to 49.5 PPG in their last two non-overtime battles at Carrier Dome.
Rutgers has had its share of momentum with the Big East’s
third-best field shooting (48.3 percent), but takes a steep step up in class
here. The Scarlet Knights have yet to be a double-digit underdog this year, but
were held to 40.7 percent shooting as nine-point dogs against the Mississippi
Look for Rutgers to find itself smothered again in this
spot, adding a losing ticket to the team’s 2-6 ATS mark in its last eight spots
against foes with winning records.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Syracuse -16 (Bookmaker.eu)