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Notre Dame vs Syracuse Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Fighting Irish vs Orange Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange
  • Where: Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Notre Dame +6.5, ND +227 | SYRA -283 O/U 140.5

Fighting Irish Preview:

Notre Dame will take the floor against the Orange with an overall record of 9-8. On the road, the Fighting Irish will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 0-5. So far, the Fighting Irish have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.

Nate Laszewski comes into today’s game as the Fighting Irish’s leading scorer at 13.65 points per contest. Not only has Laszewski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Notre Dame’s top rebounder at 7.65 boards per contest. Behind Laszewski, the team has benefited from the strong play of J.J. Starling, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.59 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.2% of his shots and is adding 3.06 boards per game.

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Notre Dame comes into their matchup vs Syracuse looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 162nd in college basketball at 72.5 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 38.0%. So far, 42.95% of the Fighting Irish’s shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 65.2 possessions per game.

Orange Preview:

The Syracuse Orange head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 11-6. So far this season, Syracuse has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Orange as the -6.5 point favorites. The Orange have been favored 12 times, going 9-3 straight up.

Syracuse will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Joseph Girard III who is averaging 17.24 points per game for the Orange. III is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Orange’s offensive game plan is the play of Judah Mintz who has hit 44.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.71 points per game.

So far this season, Syracuse has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.4 points per game (48th). This strong figure has come despite the Orange playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.7% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Syracuse’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.0%

Free Spread Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +6.5

Heading into this matchup between the Syracuse Orange and Notre Dame Fighting Irish we have a strong lean on taking the points with Notre Dame at +6.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Notre Dame to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at +6.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.

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