Pittsburgh Panthers vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+9)
The Syracuse Orange (6-1) play the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2) at Carrier Dome on Wednesday. Syracuse opens this game as 9-point favorites. The total is set at 142.5.
Pittsburgh enters this one with a record of 5-2 this year. They turn the ball over 14.4 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Pittsburgh is pulling down 41.9 boards per contest and has earned 106 assists on the campaign, which is 200th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Panthers are hitting 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (45 of 144) and 60.8% from the charity stripe. They average 72.0 points per game (197th in the nation) while hitting 43.7% from the floor. On defense, the Panthers are able to force 15.1 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 fouls. The Panthers are allowing a shooting percentage of 39.3% (158 of 402) and they relinquish 35.1 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 118th in the nation in allowing assists with 91 relinquished so far this season. They relinquish 26.3% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 69th in the country in opponents PPG (64.6).
The Pittsburgh Panthers faced the Louisville Cardinals and went home with a loss by a final score of 64-54 in their last game. Pittsburgh ended the contest having earned a 40.4% FG percentage (21 of 52) and made 4 of their 14 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Panthers made 8 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 42.1%. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned 24 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 6 assists for the contest in addition to having 8 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to the defense, Pittsburgh let their opponent shoot 40.4% from the field on 21 of 52 shooting. Louisville doled out 11 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Cardinals collected 42 boards (13 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Louisville ended up shooting 57.1% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 21 attempts. They made 4 of their 17 shots from distance.
Femi Odukale is a player who played a role in the game. He accumulated 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He played 30 mins and also grabbed 3 rebounds. Odukale walked away from this one shooting 46.7% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. Another guy that came through in this game for the Panthers was Xavier Johnson. He snagged 2 boards and tallied 2 assists. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor for the contest by going 3-of-9 (10 points). When all was said and done, Johnson was on the court for 22 min.
Syracuse has a record of 6-1 for the season. The Orange are committing 14.1 fouls every game and they hit 77.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 18.3 times per contest (23rd in the country) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. Syracuse has scored 586 pts so far this season (83.7 per game) and they average 41.1 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Orange are shooting 45.4% from the field, which ranks 145th in the nation. The Orange on defense are ranked 134th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 67.9. They surrender 16.4 dimes and 36.6 rebounds every game, which is ranked 319th and 234th in college basketball. The Syracuse defense gives up 30.0% from downtown (61 of 203) and their opponents are knocking down 71.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 17.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (49th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Syracuse Orange got the victory with a final of 107-96 against the Buffalo Bulls. The Orange snagged 26 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards totaling 40 for the contest. They turned away 10 shots while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Bulls committed 27 personal fouls in the game which got the Orange to the charity stripe for 42 tries. They were able to knock down 32 of the free throw tries for a clip of 76.2%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Syracuse converted 3 out of 19 attempts (15.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Orange finished shooting 36 for 75 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.0%. The Orange allowed the Bulls to make 39 of their 79 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4% in this contest. They finished 40.9% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 9 of 22 and ended up going 9 of 13 from the charity stripe (69.2%). When talking about rebounding, Syracuse allowed Buffalo to pull down 40 overall (14 offensive).
Quincy Guerrier ended up having an impact for the Orange in this game. He converted 8 of 13 for this game for a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which gave him 27 points. Guerrier grabbed 11 boards in his 45 mins played and had 2 assists for the game. An additional guy that was important for Syracuse was Alan Griffin. He finished with 24 points in 39 minutes played by going 8 out of 14 from the floor in this contest. Griffin wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the field while totaling 3 assists and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+9)
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