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Syracuse Orange take on Panthers in NCAA basketball test

Syracuse OrangePittsburgh Panthers
23-0February 12, 2014, 07:00 | Petersen Events Center20-4

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Pittsburgh vs Syracuse battle Wednesday at Petersen Events Center as the Panthers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Panthers bring a 20-4 record (8-11-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 23-0 Orange, who are 14-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Pittsburgh go 13-7-1 so far and the Orange go 8-11.

View Syracuse Orange vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

Pittsburgh opened as -2-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 49 (Panthers) and the No. 20 (Orange) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 57-44 winner as they battled Clemson at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. Syracuse earned a 57-44 victory over Clemson on Sunday, getting 19 points from C.J. Fair at Carrier Dome.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 62-57 result against Virginia Tech on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 19.5-point favorite. Pittsburgh earned a 62-57 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, getting 18 points from Cameron Wright at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 108-ranked scoring average of 73.25 PPG, against a Orange defense rated No. 7 and allowing 58.43 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 46.83% to date this season, more than the Orange shooters have managed so far (45.95% per game).

A few Orange at Panthers trends to consider:
Syracuse is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Syracuse's last 11 games
Syracuse is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
Pittsburgh is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
Pittsburgh is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Syracuse

Next up:
Syracuse home to North Carolina State, Saturday, February 15th
Pittsburgh at North Carolina, Saturday, February 15th