Duke at Syracuse: 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Duke at Syracuse: 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange (15-13) vs Duke Blue Devils (24-4)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

Betting Odds: Syracuse Orange +5.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Carrier Dome. When these two teams faced off on January 22nd it was Duke that won 79-59.

Duke had four different players that scored 15 points. Syracuse had two players who scored 12 points including Jimmy Boeheim. 

Duke currently sits with a 24-4 record overall and they have gone 15-11-2 against the spread. In the last game against Virginia, it was a little closer than they had hoped, but they were able to win by four points. Duke is averaging 79.5 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Paolo Banchero has been the top player for Duke averaging 16.6 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from deep.

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On the other side of this matchup is the Syracuse Orange who sits with a 15-13 record and they have gone 14-14 against the spread. This has been a disappointing season and if they want to make the Big Dance, they are probably going to need to win the ACC Tournament. Syracuse is averaging 77 points while their defense is giving up 74 points per game. Buddy Boeheim has been the top player for Syracuse averaging 19 points while shooting 40.3 percent form the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. The biggest issue at times for this team has been the defense and if they want to find success in this game, the defense is going to need to be a strength, not a weakness. 

Syracuse is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games. The over is 5-1 in Duke’s last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 4-1 in Orange’s last five home games. 

The trends point towards the over, and there will be no shortage of scoring in this game. Duke is going to run up the score against this terrible Syracuse defense, and this game is going to be a shootout. It wouldn't shock me if both teams made it over 80 points. Back the over to cash. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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