Can No. 4 Syracuse pay off on the NCAA Tournament betting odds at the Big Dance this season?
They'll get a chance to turn around a poor ATS tourney record on Thursday as they take on No. 13 Montana.
The Orange have only managed to pick up two ATS victories for their supporters over their seven most recent NCAA Tournament contests. Montana, meanwhile, is on an ATS roll as they've gone 7-0 ATS over their last seven games heading into Thursday.
Syracuse battles the Grizzlies, currently sitting with a 25-6 mark (17-11-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-16 for the Orange and 13-12-1 for the Grizzlies.
College basketball odds makers at opened the Syracuse Orange as 13.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under (127.5 at TopBet).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 5 (Orange) and the No. 148 (Grizzlies) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-73 result in favor of the Orange has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Syracuse has the nation's No. 80-rated offensive output, at 71.3 PPG. The visiting Grizzlies defense ranks No. 132 allowing on average 65 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 44% so far, less than the Grizzlies marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Montana owns the country's No. 174-rated mark, allowing 69.5 points per game on the highway. Syracuse, on the other hand, rates No. 58 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Montana was a 67-64 winner at home against Weber State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Kareem Jamar scored 20 points leading the Grizzlies to a 67-64 victory over Weber State at Dahlberg Arena on Saturday.
Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 78-61 loser as they battled Louisville on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Syracuse got 21 points from C.J. Fair but lost anyway, 78-61, to Louisville on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Montana Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Weber State are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Louisville are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Grizzlies at Orange trends to consider:
Syracuse is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games