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Hurricanes open as college hoops underdog vs Orange

Miami HurricanesSyracuse Orange
8-5January 04, 2014, 02:00 | Carrier Dome13-0



The Syracuse Orange will try to cover the spread at Carrier Dome on Saturday when they get a visit from the Miami Hurricanes in NCAA basketball action.

The Orange are 13-0 so far on the season, and 7-2 ATS vs. the number. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are 8-5 and 3-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Syracuse go 6-3 and the Hurricanes go 2-7 on the totals.

View Miami Hurricanes vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Orange installed as -17-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Orange and the No. 137-ranked Hurricanes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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Syracuse was a 70-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 18.5-point spread as favorites. Syracuse cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Eastern Michigan out of the gym and running up a 70-48 score at Carrier Dome.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Syracuse's No. 82 nationally ranked offense (76.15 points per game) against a Hurricanes defense that sits as the No. 12 at 60.31 PPG. The Orange have been averaging 47.38% from the field, more than the Hurricanes have managed so far this season (42.42% on average).

A few Hurricanes at Orange trends to consider:
Miami is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Miami is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Miami is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse
Miami is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Syracuse is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Miami
Syracuse is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Miami


Next up:
Miami at North Carolina, Wednesday, January 8th
Syracuse at Virginia Tech, Tuesday, January 7th

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