NCAA Basketball Picks for Syracuse vs. Maryland

Jeff Grant

Monday, February 24, 2014 1:03 PM GMT

The Syracuse Orange have dropped back-to-back games, as they prepare to take on the Maryland Terrapins Monday night. The odds are out; which side should we be riding?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this ACC matchup at the Comcast Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Close encounters

Syracuse’s last four games have been decided by six or fewer points, including a 66-60 defeat to the Duke Blue Devils as six-point road underdogs Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in four consecutive contests.

The Orange have shot just 35.4 percent from the field over their last three affairs—knocking down just 6 of 33 attempts from beyond the arc.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 20-7 SU and 15-12 ATS on the road.

In need of a big win

Maryland is 2-2 SU and 4-0 ATS over its last four games, as it looks to improve its resume in hopes of landing in the 2014 NCAA Tournament field.

The Terrapins are an ACC-worst 0-5 SU versus ranked opponents during the 2013-14 campaign, but they’ve played just one of those games at this venue.

Taking care of the basketball

College basketball handicappers will definitely have an interest in backing the Orange as road favorites, considering they lead the ACC with a +4.85 turnover margin.

Syracuse’s offense is piloted by true freshman point guard, who leads the league in averaging 5.7 assists per game.

Balanced offensively

The Terrapins have five players averaging in double figures, with junior guard Dez Wells leading the way at 14.8 points a contest.

Maryland is 5-2 SU all-time against Syracuse, while it has won 34 of 85 meetings versus top-five opponents in College Park.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orange as one of their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS after failing to cover the spread in three or more consecutive games in their last five opportunities.

College Basketball Pick: Syracuse Orange -3.5 at Pinnacle