Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cardinals vs. Orange CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(11-4) Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orange (12-6)
Date: Wednesday February 17, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Louisville -4.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 140.0
ACC basketball continues Wednesday as two teams just outside the top-25 square off at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Syracuse Orange travel to face the Louisville Cardinals in a battle of two teams looking for a boost and big win before the ACC Tournament.
Syracuse has won its last two games after defeating Boston College on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Louisville is coming off a 15-day layoff and has lost three of its last five games. The Cardinals won their last game at home against Georgia Tech back on February 1.
The Cardinals enter this matchup 6-3 in conference play. Louisville ranks 66th in the country in offensive efficiency and 38th in defensive rating. The Cardinals tend to play at a slower pace and prioritize rebounding and defense. Louisville is holding its opponents to a 46.8 effective field goal percentage and a 3-point percentage of just 30.9.
Louisville defeated Georgia Tech in its last game February 1. The Cardinals shot just 7 of 19 from the 3-point line but held the Yellow Jackets to just 8 of 27 from deep and 14 of 41 from two on the other end.
Louisville has struggled shooting the ball the ball this season, as they convert just 31.9 percent (257th in the country) of their threes. Radford transfer Carlik Jones leads the team in points, steals and assists. The senior averages 17.4 PPG while shooting 41 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Louisville must do a better job taking care of the basketball in this game. On top of that, their defense needs to force more turnovers to try and create more opportunities for the offense. The Cardinals are 263rd in the nation in forcing turnovers
Syracuse looks to keep the momentum going and win their third straight following a victory over Boston College. Five different players scored in double figures for the Orange. Joseph Girard III stepped up and led the way with 16 points.
Syracuse is normally a defensive minded team, but this season the offense has been the impressive side of the ball for the Orange. The Orange have shot the ball better this season, particularly from the free throw line. The Orange are 41st in the nation in offensive rating and do a good job of getting to the line and not turning the ball over.
The Orange are scoring 76.6 points per game while allowing right around 70.4 a contest. The Orange do a good job of getting to the basket, drawing fouls, and blocking shots on the defensive end. Syracuse blocks the 14th most shots in the country and holds opponents to 30.9 percent from 3-point range.
Five different players average in double figures for Syracuse. Illinois transfer Alan Griffin leads the team with just under 16 points a game, while Quincy Guerrier averages 15.5 points a contest.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Orange are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Orange are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Orange are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Orange are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Cardinals are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orange NCAAB Prediction:
Louisville, despite the layoff, should come away with a victory at home. The one place that Syracuse has uncharacteristically struggled this year on the glass, which is a spot where Louisville thrives. This is a fairly even matchup across the board, but rebounding is where the Cardinals should get the advantage and win this game.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Louisville -4.5
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