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Friars open as college hoops underdog vs Orange

Providence FriarsSyracuse Orange
Feb 20, 7:00 PM | Carrier Dome

Providence Friars vs Syracuse Orange Odds

14-11TEAM RECORD21-4

Syracuse looks to cover the Orange-Friars pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 21-4 mark when they host Providence in college basketball wagering action.

The Orange sit at 21-4 (12-8-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Friars are currently 14-11 (12-8-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Syracuse is 9-11 OU, and Providence is 12-7 OU.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Orange in this one found them listed as 12.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Friars was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Orange) and the No. 45 (Friars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 82-71 result in favor of the Orange has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Syracuse's No. 33-ranked scoring average of 74.8 PPG, against a Friars defense rated No. 104 and allowing 63.5 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 44.6% to date this season, more than the Friars shooters have managed so far (42.1% per game).

Defensively, Providence features the nation's No. 172-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 36 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Providence was a 71-54 winner at home against Notre Dame. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Friars grabbed a 71-54 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Kadeem Batts at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Syracuse won its last outing, a 76-65 result against Seton Hall on February 16. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Syracuse got 29 points from Brandon Triche en route to a 76-65 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday at Prudential Center.

Providence Friars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Rutgers are 3-7
After playing Notre Dame are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Georgetown are 5-5
After playing Seton Hall are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Friars at Orange trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Providence's last 5 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games on the road
Providence is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Providence is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Providence
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Providence
Syracuse is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Providence at Rutgers, Saturday, February 23
Syracuse home to Georgetown, Saturday, February 23