The Syracuse Orange (25-1) and Louisville Cardinals (20-5) will meet up in a Big East Conference showdown Monday night inside the KFC Yum! Center.
Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinals
Syracuse has gotten back on track after suffering its first defeat of the season against Notre Dame on Jan. 21, winning five-straight games heading into Monday night’s contest. The Orange will now look to snap a seven-game losing streak in this series, which includes an 0-6-1 ATS record. The team has alternated spread wins and losses over its last six games, coming off a convincing 85-67 win over the Connecticut Huskies as 10-point home favorites. Offensively, the team hit 10-of-16 shots from beyond the arc, which helped improve its season mark to 35.2 percent from downtown. Syracuse is 6-1 ATS on the road this season.
The Orange will need a big game out of senior Scoop Jardine to come out with a victory in this Big East Conference affair, coming off a season-high 21 points, while scoring 20 points in each of the two meetings in the series a year ago. Syracuse senior forward Kris Joseph also comes off a big performance over the past week, netting a career-high 29 points versus the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday night.
Louisville is encouraging fans to wear white in an effort to “White Out” the KFC Yum! Center, as the team has won six consecutive games, including a thrilling 77-74 come-from-behind victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as three-point road underdogs. The Cardinals have gotten back on track in a season that saw the squad rattle of 12 wins to start the 2011-12 campaign. “At the beginning of the year, we were worried about offense,” commented Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva. Defensively, the team ranks third in the nation in allowing opponents to shoot just 37.2 percent from the floor, which includes holding the last 12 opponents under 40 percent. Louisville is 4-1 ATS as an underdog this year.
The Cardinals are 13-4 all-time in this series and will look to senior forward Kyle Kuric on the offensive end, leading the team in scoring 13.2 points per game. He scored 23 points in leading the program to a 73-69 win over Syracuse in the last meeting on this floor. Louisville has been outstanding in the month of February over the last six years, posting a 32-6 mark, which includes a 5-2 mark last year.
Bettors will likely back the Orange due to their 20-7 ATS mark on the road, while the Cardinals are 0-4-1 ATS at home versus winning road teams.
Recommendation: Syracuse Orange -2
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