Syracuse Orange vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 2/22/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+6)
The Duke Blue Devils (10-8) play the Syracuse Orange (13-6) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday. The spread on this game has Duke as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 151.
Syracuse enters this game with a win-loss record of 13-6 on the year. They have an average of 76.5 points per outing (67th in Division 1) while hitting 44.1% from the field. The Orange are hitting 33.0% from downtown (148 of 448) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Syracuse is snagging 36.2 boards per contest and has accumulated 293 assists so far this season, which is 89th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 14.5 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Orange are forcing 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. They rank 319th in D-1 in allowing assists with 321 surrendered so far this season. The Orange defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.1% (475 of 1,157) and they surrender 37.5 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 31.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 188th in the country in opponents PPG (70.3).
The Syracuse Orange stepped onto the hardwood against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and took home the win by a score of 75-67 in their last game. Syracuse walked away from the contest having earned a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 of 62) and made 10 of their 22 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Orange knocked down 11 of their 11 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. In relation to pulling down boards, they earned 33 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists for the game while getting 9 steals and 4 blocks. In reference to the defense, Syracuse allowed the other team to go 43.5% from the floor on 27 of 62 shooting. Notre Dame recorded 22 dimes and had 2 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Fighting Irish collected 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Notre Dame finished shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 3 of 4 attempts. They converted 12 of their 31 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Buddy Boeheim is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He ended up scoring 29 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He played for 36 mins and collected 2 boards. Boeheim finished the contest at 52.6% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. Someone else that came through in the matchup for the Orange was Marek Dolezaj. He pulled down 6 rebounds and also had 4 dimes. He finished 60.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 6-of-10 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Dolezaj was on the court for 37 minutes.
Duke has a record of 10-8 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Blue Devils are hitting on 47.0% from the field, which is 57th in college hoops. Duke has 1,360 points for the year (75.6 per contest) and they average 35.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.9 times per contest (77th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.7 times per contest. The Blue Devils commit 17.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 70.0% from the free throw line. The Blue Devils are ranked 206th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 71.2. They have relinquished 12.8 dimes and 32.5 rebounds every game, which ranks 166th and 72nd in Division 1. The Duke defense allows 37.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (123 of 326) and their opponents are converting on 70.5% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.6% from the floor (303rd in college hoops).
For their last game, the Duke Blue Devils walked away with a victory by a final of 66-65 when they faced the Virginia Cavaliers. The Blue Devils were able to snag 17 defensive boards and 2 offensive rebounds totaling 19 in this game. They also turned away 7 attempts while getting 7 steals for this game. The Cavaliers were called for 12 fouls for the game which got the Blue Devils to the charity stripe for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to bury 5 of them for a percentage of 55.6%. In regard to 3-point shots, Duke converted 9 of 23 tries (39.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Blue Devils finished shooting 26 out of 51 from the field which had them shooting 51.0%. The Blue Devils permitted the Cavaliers to bury 26 out of their 52 attempts from the field which left them shooting 50.0% in the game. They shot 45.5% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 11 and ended up going 8 out of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Duke permitted Virginia to grab 31 in total (8 offensive).
Matthew Hurt ended up being a major contributor for the Blue Devils in the game. He knocked down 8 of 13 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which got him 22 points. Hurt pulled down 4 rebounds in his 38 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Duke was Jeremy Roach. He ended up scoring 12 points in 32 minutes played via 5 of 10 shooting in this game. Roach ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while also collecting 3 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Duke (-6) and over 151 points
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