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Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Syracuse Orange East Region Free Pick + Gambling Preview

#2 Buckeyes (30-7) vs Orange (34-2)

The Ohio State Buckeyes played a very interesting game to make it to the East Regional final.   

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes (30-7) vs #1 Syracuse Orange (34-2)
Saturday March 24
East Region – Boston, MA
Moneyline:  Ohio State -150, Syracuse +140
Spread:  Ohio State -3
O/U:  136

Matchup | Preview

Ohio State

Against Cincinnati they looked pretty good early, horrible in the middle then finished strong.

Strong enough that they are now the favourites against the region’s #1 seed.

I find this result interesting.  Does it mean that Cincinnati is very good because that is not what I saw Thursday night.

Should be a very competitive game.

Against Cincinnati it felt like the Buckeyes were always controlling the action.  I didn’t realize it at the time but they scored 14 more points at the foul line.

Aaron Craft was super disruptive on the perimeter both on his man and others.  The Bearcats are not blessed with playmakers on the perimeter so I think their defense will be challenged more against Syracuse which can avoid Craft’s presence a little easier.

Jared Sullinger and Deshawn Thomas both played well, when that happens this team gets all the scoring it needs.


It is a #1 vs #2 matchup but can’t remember the last time a #2 seed was the favourite. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Against Wisconsin I thought the Orange played pretty well and lets not forget that Ohio State lost to those same Badgers, on their own homecourt, in a game they needed for the Big 10 regular season championship.

Being a #1 seed doesn’t mean you have to trounce teams.

I have been fading Syracuse a bit this year but I love this team as the underdog.

On Thursday night the Badgers were awesome shooting from deep but the Buckeyes do not present the same challenge.

I am curious to see how the zone affects Jared Sullinger because when you can neutralize him the OSU offense can be pretty ordinary.

I am expecting another good game from Dion Waiters tomorrow.   In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to put Craft on him to slow him down.

Spread Pick:  Syracuse +3
O/U Pick:  Over
Score Prediction:  Syracuse 72 – Ohio State 70



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