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College baskeball point spread favors Panthers in battle with Orange

Syracuse OrangePittsburgh Panthers
Feb 2, 12:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Syracuse Orange vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds

18-2TEAM RECORD17-5

The Pittsburgh Panthers will hit the floor running against the visiting Syracuse Orange Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Panthers bring a 17-5 record (8-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-2 Orange, who are 9-6-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pittsburgh go 9-5 so far and the Orange go 7-8.

View Syracuse vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pittsburgh opened as 3-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 42-rated Panthers and the No. 3-ranked Orange, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 84-83 result in favor of the Orange.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 69-ranked offense, averaging 72.4 PPG, against a Orange defense that ranks No. 35 at 59 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 48.9% so far, more than the Orange marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 61-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Syracuse lost its last outing, a 75-71 result against Villanova on January 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Syracuse suffered a 75-71 loss against Villanova on Saturday, getting 23 points from Brandon Triche in a losing effort at Villanova Pavilion.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 64-61 result against Louisville on January 28. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. The Panthers got 14 points from Tray Woodall, but it was Louisville that prevailed in a 64-61 final on Monday at KFC Yum! Center.

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Notre Dame are 6-4
After playing Villanova are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Seton Hall are 5-5
After playing Louisville are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Orange at Panthers trends to consider:
Syracuse is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games on the road
Syracuse is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Syracuse
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Syracuse

Next up:
Syracuse home to Notre Dame, Monday, February 4
Pittsburgh home to Seton Hall, Monday, February 4