Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Orange vs. Wildcats CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(5-3) Syracuse Orange vs. Villanova Wildcats (5-2)
Date: Tuesday December 6th, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
CBB Moneyline Odds: Orange +170 | Wildcats -250
CBB Betting ATS Odds: CUSE +4.5 | NOVA -4.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 123.5
We’ll receive another edition of one of the most historic rivalries in college basketball when the Villanova Wildcats and the Syracuse Orange meet at Madison Square Garden for the Jimmy V Classic.
HISTORY: These two programs met in every season from 1979-2014, meeting three times in a season over a handful of times. Syracuse leads the all-time series 39-33.
Villanova is favored by 14 points as visitors here.
Syracuse looks like they could be back to their profitable ways, as Jim Boeheim’s team picked up a pair of underdog wins last week over Indiana and Florida State.
The family ties are huge at Syracuse, as Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim lead a talented Orange squad. Buddy scored 27 points in the win over Indiana, and the senior guard is averaging a nice, well-rounded 19.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 3.9 apg.
Jimmy, a Cornell transfer, scored 26 against the Hoosiers, and he’s scoring 14.1 ppg, while grabbing 6.1 rpg.
Joe Girald III brings a steady presence to the point guard position. The 6’2 junior is second on the team in scoring (15.1) and he leads the team in assists (4.4)
Former Nova forward Caleb Swider lines up in the front court with big man Jesse Edwards. Swider is averaging a career-best 13.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg, while Edwards posted a double-double against Florida State.
Villanova almost escaped one of the tougher non-conference schedules in the nation unblemished, but they walk into MSG 6-2, marking the first of three tough road contests.
The Wildcats possess two of the most experienced players in the country in Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels. Both were rotational pieces during Nova’s title runs, but this will mark their first meeting against Syracuse.
Gillespie leads the team with 17.8 ppg and 3.5 apg, while Samuels scores 11.9 ppg and grabs a team-leading 6.2 rpg.
Justin Moore continues to improve in his third year starting. The 6’4 guard reminds fans of former Nova guard Josh Hart, displaying the ability to shoot, rebound, distribute and defend at a high rate.
Moore averages a well-rounded line of 15.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 3.3 apg.
Caleb Swider’s transfer has led to a bigger role for Brandon Slater. The 6’7 senior is averaging a career-best 14.1 ppg, up ten points from last season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Cuse is 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games at MSG.
- Under is 8-2 in Orange’s last 10 games following a ATS win.
- Nova is 5-3 ATS this season.
- Under is 4-1 in the Panthers last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Free Syracuse Orange vs. Villanova Wildcats NCAAB Prediction:
This could end up being one of the best games of the season due to the talent on court and the surrounding factors. Villanova is deep, but it’s hard to bet against Boeheim in the building.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Syracuse to Cover
It will be close, but Syracuse has already struck three times this year with the underdog victories. This is what Jim Boeheim’s team has done over the years, and I think they’ll have a good shot at MSG tonight. Especially if Boe’s Boys get things going.
Take Syracuse’s underdog spread for this former Big East rivalry.
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