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Montana Grizzlies vs. Syracuse Orange Odds & Free NCAA Tourney Pick

Montana vs Syracuse March Madness Betting!

In the first game for both teams in the East region and Syracuse is the 4th seed and Montana is the 13th seed. Obviously, in the Big East the Orange played a much tougher schedule and even though Montana only had 1 less wins NCAAB lines have the Orange as the big 12.5-point favorites with a total of 128.5.

NCAA Tournament – East Bracket
Montana Grizzlies vs. Syracuse Orange NCAAB Lines
Venue/ Stadium: HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, CA
Time/Date: 9:57 PM EST Thursday, March 21, 2013
NCAAB Odds From: SportsBettingOnline.ag
Moneyline: Montana +700 / Syracuse -100
Spread: Syracuse -12.5
Over/Under: 128.5

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In their last games Montana beat Weber State 67-64 in the final of the Big Sky tournament and Syracuse lost to Louisville in the final of the Big East tournament.

On the season Montana is 17-11 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 12-10 and Syracuse is 17-14 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 14-15.

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Montana did not face 1 ranked team all season while Syracuse was 6-5 facing ranked teams.

The Grizzlies have made it to the Big Dance in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

Not many game Montana a chance to make the Big Dance after leading scorer Mathias Ward went out with a season-ending injury, but they are a hot team winning 21 of their last 23 games.

Montana is led by FW Mathias Ward (14.8 ppg) and G/F Kareem Jamar (14.5 ppg) and both of these guys can take it to the hoop and score and each is shooting a 3-pt FG% of over 36%. The Orange play a solid zone defense and these guys need to break down the zone and score for the Grizzlies to have any chance to pull off the big upset. [ad-6571516]

Syracuse has a great frontcourt with the duo of C.J. Fair (14.4 ppg 7.1 rpg) and James Southerland (13.9 ppg 5.2 rpg) and while their scoring has to be a concern for the Grizzlies their rebounding may be more so, as Montana only ranks 309th in the nation in rebounds per game.

G Michael Carter-Williams (12 ppg 7.7 assists per game) will be key in this game, as if he can score and dish out the rock to the other Cuse players then the Orange will be tough to beat.

In some betting trends for this Big Dance match up Montana is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, and they have an Over record of 5-0 in their last 5 non-conference games.

Syracuse is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 neutral site games.

Jason’s Pick: Montana lost in their 3 games facing teams from a decent conference and lost 2 of those games badly and facing Syracuse things could get ugly. The Orange will easily win this game and cover the big spread as well.


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