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Syracuse vs Miami (FL) Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds
Orange vs Hurricanes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Syracuse Orange at Miami (FL) Hurricanes
- Where: Coral Gables at Watsco Center
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds: Syracuse +7.5, SYRA +260 | MIA -337 O/U 149.5
Syracuse heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-6. On the road, the Orange will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. So far, the Orange have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Syracuse will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Joseph Girard III who is averaging 16.67 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 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.61 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%
The Miami (FL) Hurricanes head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 14-3. Currently, the Hurricanes have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 11-1. The Hurricanes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Miami (FL) has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 13-1.
Miami (FL)’s leading scorer this season is Isaiah Wong, who is averaging 17.18 points per contest. So far, Wong has accounted for 21.97% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.59 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Jordan Miller is the second leading scorer for the Hurricanes, averaging 14.88 points per game. Between him and Miller, they are accounting for 41.0% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Miami (FL) is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 17 games, they have only hit 35.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 36.2% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Syracuse Orange +7.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -7.5. However, we anticipate Syracuse putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Hurricanes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Orange to cover.