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Syracuse Orange vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsSyracuse Orange
Jan 2, 7:00 PM | Carrier Dome

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Syracuse Orange Odds

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College basketball wagering interest will be high on Wednesday when the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers hit the hard court against the Orange of Syracuse.

The Scarlet Knights will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 5-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Orange are 6-2-1 ATS. Rutgers is 4-1 on the totals; Syracuse is 4-4.

View Rutgers vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Syracuse opened as 17.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Orange - Scarlet Knights odds would favor the Orange if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Syracuse is rated No. 5 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rutgers is at No. 161. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-78 win for the Orange.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Scarlet Knights is ranked No. 149 in NCAA hoops at 36.1 per game. Contrast that with Syracuse’s No. 3 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Syracuse is the No. 146-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Rutgers rates No. 313 at 4.4 per game.

Defensively, Rutgers features the nation's No. 187-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.2 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 nationally in scoring at home.

Rutgers was a 68-56 winner in its last match at home against Rider. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The Scarlet Knights got 18 points from Dane Miller as Rutgers ran past Rider 68-56 on Friday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 96-62 winner as they battled Cent Conn State at home. They covered in the match as a 28-point favorite. The battle between the Orange and Blue Devils didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Cent Conn State was handed a 96-62 defeat on Monday at Carrier Dome.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Rider are 4-1
After a win are 7-3

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing South Florida are 7-2
After a win are 9-1

A few Scarlet Knights at Orange trends to consider:
Rutgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Rutgers is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rutgers
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Rutgers
Syracuse is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Syracuse is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Rutgers home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, January 5
Syracuse at South Florida, Sunday, January 6