Pittsburgh Panthers at Syracuse Orange
Date/Time January 18, 4:00 p.m. EST
With the college football season complete, Saturday will now be dominated by college basketball and the schedule this weekend features one big game that will get all of the attention. The No. 2 Syracuse Orange will put their perfect record on the line when they host the No. 22 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers in an afternoon marquee game. This game will have plenty of impact in the college basketball rankings and it could be a preview of a Final Four matchup.
One of the hardest things to do in college basketball is to remain unbeaten. Syracuse is just one of a few undefeated teams still left in the country which makes them a big target for teams like the Panthers. The Panthers and Orange rank 1-2 in the conference in scoring margin and bring the league’s top two winning streaks into their meeting because Syracuse is one of three unbeatens left while Pitt has won six in a row.
This is a long and storied rivalry that dates back decades. Pitt and Syracuse meet for the 103rd time in series history with Syracuse holding a 63-39 advantage. Since 2001, Pitt owns a 14-5 record vs. Syracuse. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt is 10-4 vs. Syracuse and 5-1 vs. the Orange in Syracuse. In games played against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, Pitt has won four of the last five and six of the last eight meetings. That span also included a five-game Pitt win streak vs. Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. However the betting trends tell a different story.
The college basketball betting trends reveal that the Orange have the more favorable wagering angles heading into this contest. The Panthers are 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning straight up record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when playing against an opponent that is in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It is interesting to note that the Panthers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Syracuse. This will be a big test for Syracuse but this is exactly what this team needed to remain focused on the season at hand. This will be a very close game, but in the end, the Orange will remain unbeaten.
Free Pick: Syracuse Orange
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