NCAA Basketball Picks - South Carolina Gamecocks vs Syracuse Orange

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:48 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 4:48 PM UTC

SBR contributor Ross Benjamin provides us with an insightful betting preview on today’s South Carolina/Syracuse game. The article concludes with a free college basketball pick.

South Carolina vs. Syracuse

A couple of unbeaten teams square off on Saturday afternoon when South Carolina collides with Syracuse. The game will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with an opening tip time of 2:00 PM ET. Although this is technically considered a neutral site game, expect Syracuse to have a small home court advantage. There’s a large contingent of Syracuse alumni that reside in the Metropolitan New York area.

As of 11/25, the college basketball betting odds at Bookmaker has Syracuse as a 7.0-point favorite, and the posted total is 134.5. If your searching for an A+ rated sportsbook, be sure to visit Bookmaker.


Defense Rules the Roost

Both teams have exhibited suffocating defensive play in the early part of their schedules. South Carolina (5-0) has allowed just 58.0 points per game, and held their opponents to a meager 32.3% shooting from the field. Conversely, Syracuse (4-0) has surrendered a mere 52.5 points per contest, limited its opponents to shoot 29.2% from the floor, and allowed them to convert on a paltry 19.2% of their 3-point attempts.


Common Opponents

Both teams have played Holy Cross, Monmouth, and South Carolina State this season. Each team defeated South Carolina State by exactly 42 points. Syracuse defeated Holy Cross by 44 points, and South Carolina beat the Crusaders by 42. The only noticeable difference came against Monmouth. Syracuse won by 21 over the Hawks, and South Carolina narrowly escaped with a 70-69 victory.


Final Analysis and Pick

I don’t see either team having the types of impressive defensive numbers they’ve amassed thus far. Nevertheless, I also can’t envision either team matching their just as impressive offensive statistics they’ve collected in the early going. Relative to the current total, my small lean is towards this being a low scoring affair, and one of my Saturday college basketball predictions will be indicative of that forecast.

 Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Under 134.5Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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