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College baskeball point spread favors Panthers in battle with Orange

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Feb 2, 12:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Syracuse Orange vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds


The Pittsburgh Panthers will hit the floor running against the visiting Syracuse Orange Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Panthers bring a 17-5 record (8-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-2 Orange, who are 9-6-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pittsburgh go 9-5 so far and the Orange go 7-8.

View Syracuse vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pittsburgh opened as 3-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:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 42-rated Panthers and the No. 3-ranked Orange, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 84-83 result in favor of the Orange.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 69-ranked offense, averaging 72.4 PPG, against a Orange defense that ranks No. 35 at 59 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 48.9% so far, more than the Orange marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 61-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Syracuse lost its last outing, a 75-71 result against Villanova on January 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Syracuse suffered a 75-71 loss against Villanova on Saturday, getting 23 points from Brandon Triche in a losing effort at Villanova Pavilion.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 64-61 result against Louisville on January 28. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. The Panthers got 14 points from Tray Woodall, but it was Louisville that prevailed in a 64-61 final on Monday at KFC Yum! Center.

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Notre Dame are 6-4
After playing Villanova are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Seton Hall are 5-5
After playing Louisville are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Orange at Panthers trends to consider:
Syracuse is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games on the road
Syracuse is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Syracuse
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Syracuse

Next up:
Syracuse home to Notre Dame, Monday, February 4
Pittsburgh home to Seton Hall, Monday, February 4