Villanova Wildcats vs. Syracuse Orange: College Basketball Betting Odds and Picks

Villanova Wildcats vs. Syracuse Orange
Saturday, 12/28/13, 2:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Syracuse -4
Current Betting Line:  Syracuse -4
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Syracuse Orange are 38-32 SU all-time against the Villanova Wildcats
The Syracuse Orange are 38-32 SU all-time against the Villanova Wildcats

Villanova has had only two teams in program history get off to a better start than this year’s 11-0 mark, which includes a 88-67 victory over Rider as 18.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 154.  The Wildcats dropped a 72-61 decision to the Orange at the Carrier Dome last January—moving their record to 13-15 all-time at the venue.  Three projected starters are averaging in double figures, with forward JayVaughn Pinkston leading the way at 16.5 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Villanova is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS as a road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats bench is averaging 23.7 points per game—outscoring their opponents reserves in the last five contests.  Over the last two-plus seasons, Villanova has compiled a 34-10 SU record when scoring 70 or more points, including a perfect 10-0 mark this season.  Offensively, the team leads the Big East Conference in averaging 82.5 points per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.

Syracuse has also won its first 11 games of the 2013-14 campaign, while also holding a 38-32 SU advantage in this series.  The Orange are outscoring opponents by 14.5 points per game, which has been made possible by shooting 47.1 percent form the field, while holding opponents to 42.8.  Four players are averaging double figures, with senior forward C.J. Fair leading the way at 17.8 points a contest.  Syracuse is 11-0 SU and 7-4 ATS versus teams that average 77 or more points per game the last two-plus seasons.

The Orange are fourth in major college basketball in turnover margin, with freshman guard Tyler Ennis playing a big role in that success, as he has a 4.54 assist-to-turnover ratio.  Syracuse is outscoring opponents by a 230-94 margin off of turnovers, while also holding a 383-248 advantage in the paint.

Sports bettors will likely back the Orange due to their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five non-conference games.

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