College Basketball Odds & Expert Pick: Duke vs. Syracuse

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 22, 2018 in

The second game in Omaha on Friday features a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. These two teams just played a month ago at Duke. The Duke Blue Devils will take on the Syracuse Orange as the College Basketball Odds favorite. Duke is the 2nd seed in the Midwest Region and has pretty solid wins over Iona and Rhode Island. The Blue Devils are in search of their 29th win of the season.

On the other side, the Syracuse Orange are one of the worst seeded teams remaining in the tournament. The Orange have won three games in the tournament thus far. The Orange beat St. Bonaventure, TCU and Michigan State. Syracuse comes into the game with a 23-13 record on the season. Duke is listed at -11.5 in this game.

College Basketball Odds & Expert Pick: Duke vs. Syracuse

Orange Defensively On Fire

The Syracuse Orange have allowed just 53.5 points per game during their three NCAA Tournament wins. The Orange during the regular season was one of the top defensive units in the league. Syracuse allowed opponents to score just 63.6 points per game. The offense has struggled, at 317th in the country.

The Orange are led in scoring by Tyus Battle and Frank Howard. Battle leads the team with more than 19 per game, while Howard is scoring 14.6 points per game. Paschal Chukwu is making nearly 65% of his shots. The Orange are looking for their 39th NCAA Appearance and 7th Final Four.

Coach K Riding Talented Blue Devils

Coach K and his Duke Blue Devils have looked really good in their first two tournament wins. The Blue Devils are 28-7 on the season, with tournament wins over Iona and Rhode Island by 23.5 points. The Blue Devils lost in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to rivals North Carolina.

Duke comes in as the College Basketball Odds favorite against Syracuse.

Marvin Bagley III is the top scorer for Duke. He has scored 22 points in both of the first two games of the tournament. Senior leader Grayson Allen has added 13 points per game. Allen has seen four games in the last 10 where he has led the team in scoring with 20+ points in the game.

Syracuse Competes; Duke Wins

The Syracuse Orange are a team that will stick to most games. The Orange have the ability to play great zone defense and force the offense to shoot the basketball. This really makes games interesting, that the opponent likely did not have the chance to win in. The Syracuse zone is one of the best in the nation.

The Orange will take to the task against one of the most talented teams in the country. Duke has a ton of talent, and have been playing better basketball. Look for Duke to their College Basketball Odds to win, but it will be in single digits. Syracuse is good enough to cover this spread.

Bet the Syracuse Orange +11.5 over the Duke Blue Devils.