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Syracuse favored big vs South Florida

The Syracuse Orange can expect a good scrap from visiting South Florida Bulls at Carrier Dome on Wednesday as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation looks to extend its 27-1 record.

USF is 0-5 career at Syracuse and just 1-8 overall against the Orange. But since January, the Bulls are 10-3 and a tough out. They opened as 13.5-point underdogs and early betting action tilted toward South Florida.

But the Bulls struggle on the road, losing 14 of their past 20 games away from home over two seasons.

The Orange bring a 27-1 record (15-12 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-10 Bulls, who are 13-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Syracuse go 13-14 so far and the Bulls go 7-17.

View South Florida vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Orange as 14.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total opened at 122.5 at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Orange and the No. 73-ranked Bulls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 80-67 result in favor of the Orange.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulls rank No. 220 in NCAA Division 1 with 33.8 per game. That compares with Syracuse’s No. 123 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Syracuse is college basketball's No. 145-ranked team at 6.4 per game, while the Bulls rate No. 298 with 4.9 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Florida owns the country's No. 11-rated mark, allowing 59.2 points per game on the highway. Syracuse, on the other hand, rates No. 53 in scoring at home.

South Florida won its last outing, a 56-47 result against Pittsburgh on February 19. They covered in that game as a 7-point underdog. Anthony Collins scored 22 points leading the Bulls to a 56-47 victory over Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center on Sunday.

Syracuse won its last outing, a 74-64 result against Rutgers on February 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite. Syracuse got 21 points from C.J. Fair en route to a 74-64 victory over Rutgers on Sunday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-5
After a win are 6-4

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Connecticut are 7-3
After playing Rutgers are 6-4
After a win are 9-1


A few Bulls at Orange trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Florida's last 6 games on the road
South Florida is 6-19 SU in its last 25 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
Syracuse is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing South Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Syracuse's last 7 games at home

Next up:
South Florida home to Cincinnati, Sunday, February 26
Syracuse at Connecticut, Saturday, February 25