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Syracuse, Arizona State Both Slumping Entering The First Four

Tyus Battle of the Syracuse Orange communicates down the court in the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Syracuse and Arizona State were undoubtedly two of the more shocking entrants in the NCAA Tournament, considering the two programs are a combined 4-10 since Valentine’s Day, but their strength of schedule seemingly lifted them to the First Four. Despite the ups and downs, both Syracuse and Arizona State are here and have the potential to mess up some brackets when the winner takes on TCU on Friday.

SHARK BITES
  • Arizona State is 1-5 SU and ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of Syracuse’s last 25 games as underdog.
  • Syracuse is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games against the Pac-12.

Syracuse has clawed its way to the tourney thanks to a 2-3 zone defense that – despite surrendering plenty of three-point attempts – has held opponents to 64.5 points per game. The Orange have size and length that makes them a difficult team to drive the ball against and it shows with the squad ranking eighth in the nation in blocks per game and fifth in block percentage. That being said, the offense is downright awful. Syracuse averages just 67.5 ppg and has an effective field-goal percentage that ranks 321st in the country.

Arizona State is not the terrifying program it was earlier in the season but an explosive offense still gives the Sun Devils plenty of hope to go on a run. The team is 11th in points per game and the guard tandem of Tra Holder and Shannon Evans II might be the best offensive backcourt in the country when they are on. However, the team is simply not good defensively – allowing opponents to post an effective field-goal percentage over 50 percent.

Syracuse Orange vs Arizona State Sun Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona State Sun Devils bring a 20-11 record (13-15-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 20-13 Orange, who are 14-17 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Arizona State go 16-14-1 so far and Syracuse go 14-17.

This game puts the Sun Devils, most recently No. 122 in the OddsShark power rankings, up against the Orange, who rate No. 193 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Arizona State's No. 13-ranked scoring average of 83.52 PPG, against a Syracuse defense rated No. 13 and allowing 64.55 PPG. The Sun Devils' FG% has averaged 46.44% to date this season, more than the Orange shooters have managed so far (41.82% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Syracuse got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Oshae Brissett in a losing cause in their 78-59 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday.

Arizona State suffered a 97-85 loss against Colorado on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Remy Martin in a losing effort at T-Mobile Arena.

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