Miami Hurricanes vs. Syracuse Orange, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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20-10 March 8, 12:00 PM | Barclays Center 18-13
Miami-Florida vs Syracuse, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
523 –Miami Hurricanes -2 -110 -135 Ov 131½ -110
524 –Syracuse Orange +2 -110 +115 Un 131½ -110

The Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Barclays Center.

ABOUT MIAMI (20-10): With Newton now coming off the bench, freshman guard Bruce Brown (11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists) has taken on more of a leadership role and become the team’s No. 2 scoring threat behind Davon Reed (15.3 points), who is coming off a 22-point performance against Florida State. The tournament will serve as a homecoming for senior forward Kamari Murphy (7.1 points, 7.5 rebounds), a Brooklyn native who has picked up his scoring recently and is the key to Miami’s interior defense. Freshman guard Dejan Vasiljevic (5.9 points) has been inconsistent from 3-point range all season but has been more aggressive offensively in recent games and did set his career high of 18 points by making six 3-pointers against Syracuse in Miami’s loss at the Carrier Dome.

ABOUT SYRACUSE (18-13): Boeheim points to the ability of John Gillon (11 points, 5.5 assists) to get into the lane and make plays as the key to Syracuse’s offense. The point guard has plenty of options when he’s distributing the ball, with fellow graduate student Andrew White III (team-leading 17.9 points), Tyler Lydon (13.4) and freshman guard Tyus Battle (10.8) having combined to make 201 shots from 3-point range. Lydon leads the team in rebounding (8.3) and teams with 6-10 freshman forward Taurean Thompson (8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds) to provide an inside presence – a combined 72 blocked shots – as part of Syracuse’s famed 2-3 zone defense.

Oddsmakers currently have the Hurricanes listed as 2-point favorites versus the Orange, while the game’s total is sitting at 131½.

With neither team yet certain of hearing its name called on Selection Sunday, Syracuse and Miami (Fla.) should be emotionally charged when they clash in a second-round ACC tournament matchup on Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. While most prognosticators have the Hurricanes solidly in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field and the Orange as one of the last teams in, Wednesday’s winner will be in a much more comfortable position than the loser.

The Orange, who had to sweat out getting into last year’s event before making a surprising run to the Final Four – where they lost to North Carolina, are coming off a spectacular offensive performance as they shot 54.7 percent in a 90-61 victory over Clemson that followed a one-sided loss to No. 9 Louisville. Coach Jim Boeheim’s team dominated Miami in their only regular-season meeting, winning 70-55 at the Carrier Dome while shooting 56.4 percent against one of the conference’s best defensive teams. That Hurricanes’ defense held No. 21 Virginia and No. 14 Duke to 48 and 50 points, respectively, in a pair of upset wins that preceded losses at Virginia Tech and Florida State, but the offense struggled in all four games – averaging just 56.8 points. One of the reasons for the offensive slump has been the play of Ja’Quan Newton (13.9 points, 3.4 assists), who has hit only 5-of-22 shots and totaled just 14 points over his last three games after being suspended for the previous three.

Syracuse was a 90-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Yellow Jackets. They covered the -9-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 66-57 loser as they battled Seminoles on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +6.5-point underdog.

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Team record: 20-10 SU,11-18 ATS
Miami is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games
Miami is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse

Team record: 18-13 SU,13-13 ATS
Syracuse is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Syracuse’s last 13 games


1. White is coming off a 40-point performance against Georgia Tech that included making 8-of-9 shots from 3-point range.

2. Miami has won at least one ACC tournament game in 10 of its 12 seasons in the conference.

3. The Hurricanes rank just 252nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.94) and will be facing a Syracuse team that leads the ACC in steals (8.6).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Miami Hurricanes will cover the spread at -2 and the game will go over 131½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Miami 70, Syracuse 67 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

70.2 PTS FOR 76.4
63.4 PTS AGNST 70.7
6.7 DIFF. 5.6
25.3 DEF REBOUNDS 24.2
11.1 OFF REBOUNDS 10.8
45.7 FG% 45.7
72.0 FT% 73.1
6.4 3 POINTERS 8.9
6.4 STEALS 8.1
No trends to report
Syracuse is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Syracuse’s last 13 games
Syracuse is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Syracuse’s Overall Defense 70.2 253 70.7 137
Miami’s Away Scoring vs Syracuse’s Home Defense 66.9 258 64.5 63
Miami’s Road Rebounds vs Syracuse’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.4 242 36.0 247
Syracuse’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 76.4 107 63.4 23
Syracuse’s Home Scoring vs Miami’s Road Defense 79.0 114 66.6 27
Syracuse’s Home Rebounds vs Miami’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.2 159 29.9 7

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