Sweet 16 Odds: Indiana vs. Syracuse
Marquee college basketball programs will meet in Sweet 16 betting action on Thursday this week as the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers look to advance past a game against the No. 4 Syracuse Orange.
The Hoosiers knocked off Temple in the Round of 32 on Sunday afternoon, winning 58-52 but failing to cover the big 12-point spread at the sportsbooks in the contest. The Orange got past California 66-60 as a 7.5-point favorite on Saturday night.
The Hoosiers sport records of 29-6 and 17-16 ATS heading into this battle, while the Orange have 28-9 and 17-15-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-16-1 for the Hoosiers and 14-18 for the Orange.
Bettors looking to go with the Hoosiers in this one found them listed as 6-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu at 5Dimes. Check for updates as money coming in on the Orange was expected to move the line and the total was sitting near 136 at 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hoosiers at No. 2 and the Orange at No. 5 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 85-80 result in favor of the Hoosiers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 79.5 PPG, against a Orange defense that ranks No. 30 at 59.4 PPG. The Hoosiers field goal percentage has averaged 48.6% so far, more than the Orange marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.
Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 65-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.8 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Syracuse was a 66-60 winner at home against California. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Orange got 18 points from C.J. Fair as Syracuse ran past California 66-60 on Saturday at HP Pavilion.
Indiana was a 58-52 winner in its last match at home against Temple. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points leading the Hoosiers to a 58-52 victory over Temple at Dayton Arena on Sunday.
Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing California are 1-0
After a win are 5-5
Indiana Hoosiers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Temple are 3-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Orange at Hoosiers trends to consider:
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 7 games
Indiana is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games