Syracuse vs Louisville 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Game Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 19, 2020 in

The Syracuse Orange travel to Louisville, Kentucky to take on the Louisville Cardinals in what is shaping up to be an exciting American Coastal Conference matchup. Syracuse enters this one following a 77-80 loss to the Florida State Seminoles, where Syracuse shot 44.4 percent from the field and just 28 percent from behind the arc. Louisville is also coming off a loss following a 62-77 defeat to Clemson, where the Cardinals shot just 34.8 percent from the field. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center. Let’s see how the College Basketball betting odds will be for the Syracuse vs Louisville.

Syracuse vs Louisville 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Game Preview

Syracuse (1-4) in Last 5

Syracuse has hit somewhat of a cold streak as of late, winning just 1 of its previous 5 games. In the Orange’s most recent 77-80 loss to Florida State, Elijah Hughes and Joseph Girard III combined for 47 points, 7 assists, and 11 rebounds. Syracuse did a horrendous job of rebounding against Florida State, grabbing just 29 rebounds to the Seminole’s 47.

The Orange average 74.1 points per game, which ranks 102nd in the country. Syracuse ranks 33rd in the country in turnovers, as the Orange have turned the ball over just 287 times through 25 games.

Elijah Hughes leads Syracuse in scoring averaging 18.9 points and 3.7 assists per game. Buddy Boeheim also contributes 15.6 points and 2.2 assists per game for the Orange.

Syracuse is (6-1) ATS as a road underdog this season. Syracuse has covered the spread in 8 of 14 conference games this season.

Louisville (12-3) in ACC Competition

Louisville currently sits in 2nd place atop the ACC Standings posing a (12-3) record in conference play. The Cardinals were ranked #1 in the ACC for the better part of this season, but that changed after Louisville dropped back to back games to Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Louisville shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from behind the arc in its most recent 62-77 loss to Clemson. Dwayne Sutton contributed to the better part of Louisville’s offense with 18 points and 7 rebounds. David Johnson moved the ball around well for the Cardinals as he dished out 8 assists and scored 12 points.

Louisville has done a good job of not allowing second chance points, as the Cardinals rank 34th in the country in defensive rebounds this season. Louisville is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and scoring 74.8 points per game through 26 games, which ranks 86th in the country.

Jordan Nwora leads the way for Louisville offensively with 18.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Syracuse vs Louisville Betting Pick

Louisville is the side to take here for a couple reasons. The Cardinals are playing lights out at home this season, winning  14 of 15 games at the KFC Yum! Center this season. Syracuse is really going to have to take advantage of the deep ball if it hopes to leave Kentucky with a victory, as the Cardinals ability to rebound may make it tough for the Orange to score many second chance points. Louisville is definitely hungry for a victory to put them back at #1 in the ACC, so the Cardinals  should be bringing their A-game here. Look for Louisville to cover the spread with ease here and put on quite the show for its home crowd.

We are taking Louisville to win this game by 9 at home.