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Syracuse Villanova Betting Preview

Villanova WildcatsSyracuse Orange
Jan 12, 12:00 PM | Carrier Dome

Villanova Wildcats vs Syracuse Orange Odds


The visiting Villanova Wildcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Carrier Dome against the Syracuse Orange.

The Orange bring a 15-1 record (8-3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-4 Wildcats, who are 9-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Syracuse go 5-6 so far and the Wildcats go 5-6.

View Villanova vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Orange installed as 17-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Orange sit at No. 2 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 112 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Orange will win this game 91-74.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 68 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.3 per game. That compares with Syracuse’s No. 2 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Syracuse is college basketball's No. 170-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 101 with 6.9 per game.

Defensively, Villanova features the nation's No. 70-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.4 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Villanova was a 61-53 winner on the road against South Florida. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Villanova got 16 points from Mouphtaou Yarou en route to a 61-53 victory over South Florida on Wednesday at Sun Dome.

In their last action, Syracuse was a 72-66 winner on the road against Providence. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. C.J. Fair scored 23 points and helped out with 11 rebounds for Syracuse on Wednesday, leading the Orange to a 72-66 victory over Providence at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing South Florida are 5-3
After a win are 8-2

Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Louisville are 6-4
After playing Providence are 9-1
After a win are 9-1

A few Wildcats at Orange trends to consider:
Villanova is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Villanova is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Villanova's last 6 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Syracuse is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Syracuse's last 6 games when playing Villanova
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 6 games when playing at home against Villanova

Next up:
Villanova home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 16
Syracuse at Louisville, Saturday, January 19