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Syracuse vs Marquette East Preview

Darius Johnson-Odom and swing man Jimmy Butler look to lead Marquette over Syracuse in East Regional second-round play.

The Golden Eagles are 5-point underdogs at Sports Interaction and other shop against a Syracuse team that boasts a dominant front court.

Marquette beat Syracuse during the season in Big East play but the Orange were 4-0 SU before that.

View Marquette vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Orange - Golden Eagles odds would favor the Orange if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Syracuse is rated No. 12 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Marquette is at No. 85. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-77 win for the Orange.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Syracuse has the nation's No. 56-rated offensive output, at 73.7 PPG. The visiting Golden Eagles defense ranks No. 202 allowing on average 68.7 PPG. The Orange FG% has averaged 47% so far, more than the Golden Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.9% per game.

Defensively, Marquette features the nation's No. 198-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.4 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 60 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Marquette was a 66-55 winner against Xavier. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 77-60 winner as they battled Indiana State at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The Orange grabbed a 77-60 win over the Sycamores on Friday, behind a 23-point effort from Rick Jackson at Quicken Loans Arena.

Marquette Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
After playing Xavier are 3-0
After a win are 3-7

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

A few Golden Eagles at Orange trends to consider:
Syracuse is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Syracuse is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Marquette