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11/18/2013 8:14:00 AM
The Syracuse Orange have held foes to 61.3 PPG in a trio of victories at Carrier Dome, capped off by Saturday’s 69-50 win over the Colgate Raiders. Monday’s NCAAB action has Jim Boeheim’s crew finishing the stretch at home, hosting the St. Francis Terriers.
Orange, Fair hold off Colgate
Orange forward C.J. Fair
put up 20 points against Colgate, knocking down 9-of-17 field buckets.
Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas and DaJuan Coleman logged seven boards each,
leading their squad in outrebounding the Raiders, 48-27.
The Syracuse Orange jumped out to
a 36-26 halftime lead, while freshman Tyler Ennis drilled 4-of-6 shots beyond
the arc for 12 points. Fair and Co. sparsely sank 12-of-28 free throws, with
both squads shooting below 37 percent from the floor.
Orange sophomore Trevor
Cooney came away with three steals, while held to 10 points in 31 minutes of
action. Cooney’s mates Michael Gbinije and Jerami Grant combined for five
assists, with Grant adding one of his side’s four blocks.
Terriers, Cannon fall in Dayton
St. Francis picked up
its season’s first defeat on the same afternoon, falling in a 78-58 loss to the
Dayton Flyers. The Terriers allowed Dayton to connect at 51 percent from the
field, while edging the Flyers in boards, 28-27.
Terriers forward Jalen
Cannon notched team-highs of 14 points and eight rebounds, while taking on two
blocks. The junior logged a 7-for-13 day from the floor, reaching double
figures for a third straight game.
St. Francis’ Wayne
Martin and Amdy Fall notched one steal each, with Martin recording nine points
off the bench. The Terriers went 16-for-26 at the foul line, while guard
Anthony White drained 2-of-2 buckets from three-point land.
Back Syracuse as home ‘chalk’
NCAA Basketball odds have not been released at this time, but given the one-sidedness of this matchup, sportsbooks might not release lines at all. The Orange will have one
week off following this duel, resuming action in Maui against the Minnesota
Golden Gophers. St. Francis is idle until Saturday’s matchup against Coastal
Carolina, continuing on the road.
I am adding Syracuse to
Monday’s card of NCAA Basketball picks, laying the big number at home.
Syracuse fell short of
covering ATS in its first two ‘board’ battles, but should look to run it up
more here before heading west. The Orange ended last November’s first stretch
of home dates with an 87-51 thrashing of Colgate, pulling away from the Raiders
in the second half, 49-27.
C.J. Fair has piled in
21.7 PPG, ranking second in the Atlantic Coast Conference just behind Blue Devils' freshman Jabari Parker (23.3 PPG). Syracuse leads their rivals in steals (13 SPG), while
logging a sizable 46 RPG on the boards.
St. Francis collapsed in
Dayton after pulling out a pair of close victories to start the year, leaving
the team’s best moments behind. The Terriers have played few ‘board’ battles in
recent memory, failing to cash as 10-point underdogs in last March’s 75-57
defeat to the Robert Morris Colonials.
Look for the Terriers to
fall short again here, while Syracuse smothers Cannon and Co. to put the
matchup out of reach early.
NCAA Basketball Pick:
Syracuse Orange minus the point
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