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Syracuse Favored at Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to hang a second straight loss on the top-ranked Syracuse Orange Monday in a key Big East betting battle.

Syracuse is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 meetings with the Bearcats and are the second-rated team in the nation when it comes to road scoring (nearly 80 PPG). But they were upset at Notre Dame Saturday and Cincy looks to pull the upset again.

View Syracuse vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark and was quickly bet up to -5.5 at 5Dimes. The total was settled around 135 at TopBet earlier today.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bearcats - Orange odds would favor the Orange if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cincinnati is rated No. 76 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Syracuse is at No. 5. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 86-78 win for the Orange.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cincinnati has the nation's No. 130-rated offensive output, at 70.8 PPG. The visiting Orange defense ranks No. 38 allowing on average 60.7 PPG. The Bearcats FG% has averaged 42.7% so far, less than the Orange marksmen have achieved on the year, 48% per game.

Defensively, Syracuse features the nation's No. 141-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.2 points per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 151 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 67-58 loser as they battled Notre Dame on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. The Orange got 15 points from James Southerland, but it was Notre Dame that prevailed in a 67-58 final on Saturday at Joyce Center.

Cincinnati lost its last outing, a 77-74 result against West Virginia on January 21. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Cincinnati got 17 points from Cashmere Wright but lost anyway, 77-74, to West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Colliseum.

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
Before playing West Virginia are 7-3
After playing Notre Dame are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Rutgers are 2-7
After playing West Virginia are 2-6
After a loss are 9-1


A few Orange at Bearcats trends to consider:
Syracuse is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games on the road
Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Cincinnati is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Syracuse

Next up:
Syracuse home to West Virginia, Saturday, January 28
Cincinnati at Rutgers, Saturday, January 28