NCAA Basketball Pick for Syracuse vs. Notre Dame's ACC Battle: Defensive Underdog Definitely Worth a Wager

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 4:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 4:36 PM UTC

We preview tonight's NCAA Basketball battle between the Syracuse Orange & the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, serving up our free pick & betting odds analysis.

<p style="text-align:center"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Take Road Dog Syracuse as Your NCAA Basketball Pick While They Fight Against Notre Dame's Irish"><strong><u>Syracuse</u> vs. Notre Dame (-8) 8:00 ET</strong></a><br /> Syracuse travels to Notre Dame for this <span data-term="goog_1852586308" tabindex="0">8:00 ET</span> tipoff of ACC opponents.  Remember, it was just 2 short years ago that these teams were facing off as members of the Big East.  For their meeting today, Notre Dame enters at 24-4 SU for the season with a 12-3 SU ACC mark.  It is good enough for 2<sup>nd</sup> place in the best league in the country.  The Syracuse record is 17-10 SU, 8-6 SU in ACC play.  It is the worst record in a number of years for a Boeheim coached team.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><a href="" target="_blank" title="FREE NCAA Brackets Contest 2015"><span style="color:#FF0000">Get in on SBR's Contest for 2015 NCAA Basketball Bracket</span></a></em></p> <p>Syracuse issues revolve around their lack of play at the point guard position.  Boeheim never really filled the void left by the early departure of last year’s lead guard, Tyler Ennis.  What Syracuse still possesses is an outstanding defense in the form of the 2-3 zone which Boeheim has popularized.  If you read today’s article on Defensive Dandies, you will see that Syracuse is one of the members, allowing just 63 PPG, 40% from the field and 32% from the arc.  Along with strong fundamentals yielding a positive rebound margin, TO/assist ratio and TO margin, they are <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Top Defensive Teams 2015">a fully qualified Defensive Dandy</a>.  Thus, it is not surprise that Syracuse has a 5-2 ATS record as underdog.  This is the first meeting of the year between these teams, a series in which Syracuse holds a 5-1 edge.  Two weeks ago, Syracuse announced a post-season ban for the program in light of a recent NCAA investigation.  Since that time, the Orange are playing every contest as if it is an NCAA game.  </p> <p>Notre Dame has <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Top Offensive Teams 2015">one of the most powerful offenses in the country</a>, averaging 80 PPG on 51% shooting, 40% from the arc, while converting 72% from the stripe and dishing out 15.3 assists per game.  Whether they can do it against the fabled Boeheim zone, which has befuddled many a high-powered opponent, is another story.  Under 15<sup>th</sup> year HC Brey, the Irish have rarely succeeded in today’s role.  In fact, in the last two seasons, Notre Dame is just 5-15 ATS as home favorite.  Note that their 2 most recent blowout wins have come at the expense of lower echelon ACC teams, Wake Forest and Boston College, teams with a combined 5 conference victories.  </p> <p>Now stepping way up in class, those placing <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free NCAA Basketball Picks">NCAA Basketball picks</a> today must favor the defensive dog that will be treating this like an NCAA Tourney game.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick: </strong>Take Syracuse +8 at <a href=";book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Visit 5Dimes Sportsbook today">5Dimes</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362166" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden"></iframe></p>
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