Syracuse Wisconsin: Sweet 16 Pick
Syracuse has always struggled in the Sweet 16, losing ATS the past four times they got to this stage.
So as a 4-point favorite against Wisconsin, the No. 1 Orange have to shake the ghosts of past Sweet 16 failures. But there are several trends working against Syracuse.
They are 8-1 SU, but just 2-7 ATS in their past 9 games. They are also a money-losing 2-7 ATS in their past 9 games as chalk. [ Check the latest Syracuse vs Wisconsin spread and total, along with Sweet 16 specials, at TopBet ]
Syracuse will face the 26-9 Badgers, who own a 18-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Orange are 15-18-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Badgers are 15-17 favoring the OVER.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Orange rated this week at No. 6 and the Badgers sitting at No. 43. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 77-74 result in favor of the Orange.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Syracuse's No. 39-ranked offense, averaging 74.5 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 1 at 52.9 PPG. The Orange field goal percentage has averaged 46.6% so far, more than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.5% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Wisconsin owns the country's No. 7-rated mark, allowing 57.6 points per game on the highway. Syracuse, on the other hand, rates No. 89 in scoring at home.
Wisconsin was a 60-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Vanderbilt. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Badgers got 14 points from Jordan Taylor as Wisconsin ran past Vanderbilt 60-57 on Saturday at The Pit.
Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 75-59 winner as they battled Kansas State at home. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Syracuse got 18 points from Dion Waiters en route to a 75-59 victory over Kansas State on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.