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March 2, 12:00 PM | Carrier Dome

Louisville Cardinals vs Syracuse Orange Odds

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The Syracuse Orange will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Louisville Cardinals at Carrier Dome on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

Syracuse battles the Cardinals, currently sitting with a 23-5 mark (14-13-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-12 for the Orange and 11-14 for the Cardinals.

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Betting Line:
Syracuse opened as 1.5-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:
This game puts the Orange, most recently No. 2 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate No. 1 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 83-81 victory for the Cardinals.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cardinals is ranked No. 36 in NCAA hoops at 38.3 per game. Contrast that with Syracuse’s No. 16 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Syracuse is the No. 189-ranked team in the country at 6 per game, while Louisville rates No. 231 at 5.6 per game.

Defensively, Louisville features the nation's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.9 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 53 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Louisville, they were a 79-58 winner as they battled DePaul on the road. They covered in the match as a 15.5-point favorite. The Cardinals blew out DePaul on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 79-58 win at Allstate Arena.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 74-71 loser as they battled Marquette on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Syracuse suffered a 74-71 loss against Marquette on Monday, getting 20 points from C.J. Fair in a losing effort at Bradley Center.

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 8-2
After playing DePaul are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing DePaul are 7-2
After playing Marquette are 5-1
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Orange trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games on the road
Louisville is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Syracuse is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Syracuse is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 6 games

Next up:
Louisville home to Cincinnati, Monday, March 4
Syracuse home to DePaul, Wednesday, March 6

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