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Eastern Michigan Eagles visit Syracuse Orange in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Eastern Michigan EaglesSyracuse Orange
7-4December 31, 2013, 03:00 | Carrier Dome12-0

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Syracuse vs Eastern Michigan battle Tuesday at Carrier Dome as the Orange look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 5-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Orange are 6-2 ATS. Eastern Michigan is 3-5 on the totals; Syracuse is 6-2.

View Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Orange as -18.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 21-ranked Orange and the No. 248-rated Eagles in this matchup.

Eastern Michigan was an 82-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Duke. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. The Eagles were hammered by Duke on Saturday, losing by an 82-59 final at Cameron Indoor Stadium in college basketball betting action.

Syracuse was a 78-62 winner in its last match at home against Villanova. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Orange grabbed a 78-62 win over the Wildcats on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Trevor Cooney at Carrier Dome.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Syracuse has the nation's No. 82-rated offensive output, at 76.67 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 82 allowing on average 66.82 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 47.11% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.35% per game.

A few Eagles at Orange trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Eastern Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Michigan is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Eastern Michigan is 3-17 SU in its last 20 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

Next up:
Eastern Michigan home to Rochester College, Saturday, January 4th
Syracuse at Miami, Saturday, January 4th