Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 2:45 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from 5Dimes
Odds: Syracuse -13
At one point during the college basketball season, the Syracuse Orange were the No. 1 team in the country. They held down to the top spot and seemed to be a shoe in for a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. However they struggled down the stretch and managed to make the big dance as a No. 3 seed. Due to that slow down, the Orange will go up against the Western Michigan Broncos in the opener.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Orange listed as (-13) point favorites. The betting action to this point has been split on both sides of this game, although the betting line has dipped and can now be found at (-12.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Broncos enter this game on fire. The Broncos lost five of nine games in December and early January, but are 14-2 since and shot a blistering 67.9 percent from the field in the second half of the MAC title game. Steve Hawkins’ team is senior-dominated, with guard David Brown (19.4 ppg) and center Shayne Whittington (16.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg) providing a veteran inside-outside combo. They are now ready to make a big statement against the Orange and their tough defense.
Syracuse does have an edge in the coaching area. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is 52-29 in the NCAA tournament, including 25-5 in openers
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Broncos actually have an edge in this game when it comes to the wagering angles. The Broncos are 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games when going up against a team with a winning straight up record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games when going up against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The Orange are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games when going up against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games when they take the court against a team with a winning straight up record and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Orange are going to get a real challenge in the opener. They should emerge with the victory straight up and advance in the tournament, but if you are betting on this game the play is the Broncos.
Free Pick: Western Michigan Broncos +12.5
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