Syracuse vs. Louisville - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Syracuse vs. Louisville - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (18-14) vs. Louisville Cardinals (24-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -5.5 -- Over/Under 141.5

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The Syracuse Orange will match up with the 15th ranked Louisville Cardinals.  The Orange are (18-14), after routing North Carolina, 81-53. The Cardinals are (24-7), after falling on the road to Virginia, 57-54.

In the Orange win over North Carolina, Syracuse was guided throughout the game by Elijah Hughes.  Hughes recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. The orange connected on 47 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range.  Syracuse played great perimeter defense, holding North Carolina to 12 percent from distance on 16 attempts. The Orange out scored North Carolina from the charity stripe, 18 to 11.  Syracuse forced 18 turnovers in the game.

The Orange have been led this season by Hghes.  Hughes is averaging 18.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.  Buddy Boeheim is adding 15.3 points and 2.1 assists per contest. Syracuse is totaling 74.1 points, while converting on 32.9 percent from distance.  

In the Cardinals loss to Virginia, Louisville was led offensively by Jordan Nwora.  Nwora registered a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Louisville converted on 37 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range.  The Cardinals were out scored from the foul line, 15 to 7. The Cardinals allowed Virginia to shoot 41 percent from the floor. Louisville trailed at the half, 31-24.   

Nwora has led the way on offense for the Cardinals, averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.  Steven Enoch is contributing 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Louisville is registering 74.1 points, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Syracuse is 14-17 ATS this season.

Syracuse is 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games.

The over is 20-10-1 in Syracuse games this year.

Louisville is 15-14-2 ATS on the season. 

Louisville is 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games.

The over is 17-14 in Louisville games this year. 

Syracuse beat a North Carolina team to advance in the ACC Tournament, who they lost to 13 days ago.  The Orange are allowing over 69 points per game, while Louisville is averaging over 74.  Defensively, Louisville has a great defense, ranking 33rd in fewest points allowed, while also being in the top 40 in field goal percent defense and 3-point defense.  The Orange rank 185th in field goal percent offense, while registering the 208th spot for 3-point offense.  In a game where there will be limited attendance, I'll take the over, as foul shooting should be improved and both teams have seen the over return profitable this season.  Final score prediction, Louisville will win and the total goes over, 75-68. 

  

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