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Syracuse vs WMU betting odds preview

Syracuse has played to an UNDER result in six of its past seven opening NCAA Tournament games as they take on No. 14 Western Michigan on Thursday in South Region betting action.

They also face a 13-point spread against a Broncos team that has covered spreads at a profitable 9-2-1 ATS clip lately. The line was holding steady at Bovada but expected to climb as public money moves in on the hyped Orange.

WMU is 14-2 SU in its past 16 games overall but this is its first tourney game since 2004. Syracuse meanwhile is 1-6-1 ATS past eight games and just 2-7 ATS in its past nine games as favorites.

The Orange played five straight UNDERs in 2013 Madness.

Syracuse battles the Broncos, currently sitting with a 23-9 mark (16-12-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-16-1 for the Orange and 15-13 for the Broncos.

View Western Michigan Broncos vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Orange rated this week at No. 117 and the Broncos sitting at No. 80.

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Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 98-77 winner as they battled Toledo at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point underdog. Western Michigan cruised to victory on Saturday, running Toledo out of the gym and running up a 98-77 score at Quicken Loans Arena.

Syracuse was a 66-63 loser in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. The Orange endured a 66-63 loss at the hands of the Wolfpack on Friday, despite a 21-point effort from Tyler Ennis at Greensboro Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Syracuse's No. 127-rated squad against Western Michigan's No. 134-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Syracuse rates No. 216 in the country with 5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 137 nationally with 5.97 per match.

A few Broncos at Orange trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Western Michigan is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Syracuse is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Syracuse is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Syracuse is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games