The Louisville Cardinals (22-8) and Syracuse Orange (29-1) will meet up in a Big East Conference affair Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome.
Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Orange
Louisville is set to play its final game of the regular season and gain revenge from dropping a 52-51 decision to the Syracuse Orange as three-point home underdogs on Feb. 13. The Cardinals rank third nationally in holding opponents to 37.8 percent shooting from the floor, while posting 20-plus victories for the 10th straight year already. Senior forward Kyle Kuric was unable to win his final home game, suffering a 58-51 defeat to the South Florida Bulls as 8.5-point home favorites last time out. Louisville is 8-1 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points.
The Cardinals are already locked into the No. 7 seed in the Big East Tournament and will simply be looking to win their ninth game out of their last 12. Since the 2005-06 campaign, Louisville leads all teams in conference victories in posting an impressive 81-40 record. Senior guard Chris Smith is certainly someone to watch offensively, averaging 10.3 points per game on the season, scoring in double figures 16 times overall. The program has a 13-5 advantage over Syracuse, picking up wins in seven of the last eight meetings.
Syracuse is hoping to honor its senior class in capturing a 10th straight victory, coming off an emotional 71-69 win over the Connecticut Huskies as 4.5-point road favorites. The Orange have dropped five of their last six games against the spread, while alternating going “over” and “under” the total in their last eight contests. The team is certainly focused on trying to post its fifth 30-win season in school history. Syracuse is 10-12 ATS versus winning teams and the “under” is 13-9 in those contests this year.
The Orange have already clinched the regular-season conference title and the top seed in the league’s upcoming tournament. Syracuse has ranked in the top five all season and enjoyed its best start in school history in wining its first 20 games. Senior forward Kris Joseph is the main player to watch on the offensive end, averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while becoming the 55th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
Bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 9-3 ATS mark versus winning home teams, while the Orange are 1-5 ATS as a home favorite of 7.0 to 12.5 points.
Recommendation: Louisville Cardinals +9.5
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