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Pittsburgh tips off against Syracuse

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had the betting edge against the Syracuse Orange as those two schools hit the hardwood together in marquee college hoops action Saturday.

Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU and a lucrative 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games against Syracuse dating back to 2006, although the Orange won 62-59 as a 2-point 'dog in their most recent meeting.

That game turned out to be an OVER result.

The Orange are 17-0 so far on the season, and 10-3 ATS vs. the number. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 16-1 and 6-6-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Syracuse go 6-7 and the Panthers go 10-3-1 on the totals.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Pittsburgh before tip-off in this one found them as 7-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 12-ranked Orange and the No. 10-rated Panthers in this matchup.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, an 81-74 result against Georgia Tech on January 14. They earned a push in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Panthers grabbed an 81-74 win over the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, behind a 22-point effort from Talib Zanna at Hank McCarmish Pavilion.

Syracuse won its last outing, a 69-59 result against Boston College on January 13. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Trevor Cooney scored 21 points leading the Orange to a 69-59 victory over Boston College at Conte Forum on Monday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Syracuse's No. 139-ranked offense, averaging 72.76 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 12 at 60.12 PPG. The Orange field goal percentage has averaged 45.88% so far, less than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.84% per game.

A few Panthers at Orange trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Syracuse
Syracuse is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 5 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Clemson, Tuesday, January 21st
Syracuse at Miami, Saturday, January 25th