NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Arizona State vs. Syracuse

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 13, 2018 in

In the final play-in game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, a pair of 11 seeds will get together in Dayton, as the Syracuse Orange take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The winner of this game will get a chance to take on the 6th seeded TCU Horned Frogs out of the Midwest Region. Syracuse comes into the game with a 20-13 record, not enough to be considered the NCAA Basketball Betting favorite.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are out of the Pac-12 conference and come into the game with a 20-11 record. The Sun Devils surged to as high as #3 in the Associated Press poll, before struggling in conference play. The Arizona State Sun Devils are -1.5 over Syracuse on Wednesday from Dayton.

NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Arizona State vs. Syracuse

Sun Devils Fortunate to Be in

The Arizona State Sun Devils started the season with 12 straight wins, including wins over Xavier and Kansas. Then – the conference season started, and the Sun Devils lost to Arizona and Colorado to start it off. The Sun Devils also lost 5 out of their last 6 games, including in the conference tournament to Colorado.

The Sun Devils are scoring nearly 84 points per game. They are 14th in all College Basketball in points scored. The top scorer this season for Arizona State has been Tra Holder with 18.4 points per game, while Shannon Evans II is adding 16.6 per game. The Sun Devils are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time and seeking their 14th win.

Boeheim Still Head Coach at Syracuse

The Syracuse Orange are led by their head coach Jim Boeheim. The legendary coach has been there and done that in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, Syracuse in the program history has been to the NCAA Tournament 38 times, and they are seeking their 66th win. The Orange have 65 tournament wins.

Syracuse comes in as the NCAA Basketball Betting underdog against Arizona State.

This season, the Orange are scoring just 67.5 points per game but allowing just 64.5 per game. The Orange playing their zone defense, which should keep them in most games. The top scorer this season for Syracuse has been Tyus Battle with 19.8 points per game. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett are also adding a combined 29.7 per game.

Sun Devils Eliminate Syracuse

Two pretty good name programs getting together, with a chance to take on a TCU team that both could certainly beat. The Syracuse zone against the Sun Devils ability to score. Arizona State is going to have to make shots for them to win. If they do not make shots, they are in big trouble.

When you bet this game – take Arizona State. The Sun Devils just have better athletes, and Syracuse has been overrated all season. The final NCAA Basketball Betting Pick for Wednesday is the Arizona State Sun Devils -1.5 over the Syracuse Orange.