NCAA Men’s Basketball Previews – West Virginia Mountaineers vs No.13 Syracuse Orange
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West Virginia vs Syracuse Matchup
Date/Time: Monday, Feb.14 7 p.m. (ET)
Venue: The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY.
Mountaineers at Orange lines by Bookmaker.com
Pointspread: Orange -5 ½
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The West Virginia Mountaineers take on the Syracuse Orange in a pivotal matchup of two teams fighting for position in the congested Big East standings. Tonight’s game from the Carrier Dome is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
West Virginia ended a two-game skid with an 82-71 win over DePaul as a 17 ½-point home favorite this past Saturday. The Mountaineers are now 16-8 straight-up overall and 9-12 against the spread. They are four-way tie for fifth-place in the Big East standings with a conference record of 7-5 SU.
Casey Mitchell leads the team with 15 points a game, while Kevin Jones is averaging a team-high seven rebounds a game and is the second leading scorer with 13 points. West Virginia is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and averaging 71 points and 38 rebounds a game.
Syracuse is coming off rare back-to-back conference losses. The Orange lost to No.11 Georgetown 64-56 last Wednesday as a five-point home favorite and to No. 15 Louisville 73-69 as a two-point road underdog this past Saturday. They are 20-6 SU overall (9-15 ATS) and in ninth-place in the Big East at 7-6 SU.
The Orange feature a solid trio of players in Kris Joseph, who is averaging a team-high 14.7 points, Rick Jackson, who leads the team in rebounds with 11.2 a game, and Scoop Jardine, who is averaging 12.4 points and six assists a game. Syracuse is averaging 73 points a game and pulling down an average of 38 rebounds.
Syracuse is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games against the Mountaineers and 5-1 ATS in the last six. Bank on this trend staying true this time around with a convincing win for the Orange.
SYR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
SYR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big East.
Under is 9-4 in SYR last 13 Mon. games.
The Pick: Syracuse -5 ½