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Orange get a visit from the Wildcats

The Syracuse Orange are 0-2 ATS in their past two games against the Villanova Wildcats as those schools meet in marquee college basketball betting action on Saturday.

Syracuse and Villanova met twice last season, with the Orange going 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS in those two contests on the college hoops odds.

Overall Syracuse is 5-5 SU and 4-6 ATS in its past 10 games against Villanova dating back to 2008.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 11-0 and 8-1 ATS on the year, while the Orange are at 11-0 and 5-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Orange are 5-2, while the Wildcats have a 5-4 mark.

View Villanova Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Orange at No. 20 and the Wildcats at No. 2 heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Syracuse has the nation's No. 87-rated offensive output, at 76.55 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 35 allowing on average 64 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 47.14% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.88% per game.

A few Wildcats at Orange trends to consider:
Villanova is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Villanova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Villanova is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Syracuse is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Villanova
Syracuse is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Villanova

Next up:
Villanova at Butler, Tuesday, December 31st
Syracuse at Eastern Michigan, Tuesday, December 31st