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Bulls open as college hoops underdog vs Orange

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Jan 6, 12:00 PM | Sun Dome

Syracuse Orange vs South Florida Bulls Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the South Florida Bulls try to run the Syracuse Orange off the court at Sun Dome in college hoops action.

South Florida battles the Orange, currently sitting with a 13-1 mark (7-2-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-3 for the Bulls and 4-5 for the Orange.

View Syracuse vs South Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Syracuse before tip-off in this one found them as 9-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 84-ranked Bulls and the No. 5-rated Orange in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 90-73 win for the Orange on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and South Florida has the nation's No. 206-rated offensive output, at 66.5 PPG. The visiting Orange defense ranks No. 32 allowing on average 58 PPG. The Bulls FG% has averaged 42.1% so far, less than the Orange marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.8% per game.

Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.5 points per game. South Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 236 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Syracuse was a 78-53 winner at home against Rutgers. They covered the 16-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Orange and Scarlet Knights didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Rutgers was handed a 78-53 defeat on Wednesday at Carrier Dome.

South Florida won its last outing, a 65-56 result against Central Florida on January 2. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. The Bulls grabbed a 65-56 win over the Knights on Wednesday, behind an 18 -point effort from Jawanza Poland at UCF Arena.

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Providence are 8-2
After playing Rutgers are 6-4
After a win are 9-1

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Villanova are 4-5
After playing Central Florida are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Orange at Bulls trends to consider:
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 6 games on the road
Syracuse is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
South Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
South Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
South Florida is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Syracuse

Next up:
Syracuse at Providence, Wednesday, January 9
South Florida home to Villanova, Wednesday, January 9