Syracuse Orange vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 3/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+6)
Hinkle Fieldhouse is the site where and the Houston Cougars (26-3) will play the Syracuse Orange (18-9) on Saturday in the Sweet 16. The line on this matchup has Houston as 6-point favorites. The over/under opens at 140.5.
Syracuse heads into this game with a record of 18-9 for the year. They turn it over 11.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 14.5 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Syracuse is collecting 35.5 boards per contest and has tallied 414 assists on the campaign, which is 33rd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Orange are shooting 35.3% on 3-point shots (232 of 657) and 78.2% from the charity stripe. They average 75.9 points per outing (71st in Division 1) while hitting 44.7% from the field. When they are on defense, the Orange are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 15.6 fouls. They currently rank 344th in college basketball in allowing assists with 469 conceded for the season. The Orange are allowing a FG percentage of 41.1% (684 of 1,664) and they surrender 37.8 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 31.9% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 187th in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.4).
The Syracuse Orange took the court against the West Virginia Mountaineers and walked away with a win by a score of 75-72 in their last game. Syracuse wrapped up the game having earned a 51.9% FG percentage (27 out of 52) and made 14 out of their 31 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Orange buried 7 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 63.6%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 27 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 18 dimes for this contest while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When talking about defense, Syracuse let their opponent shoot 37.1% from the floor on 26 out of 70 shooting. West Virginia totaled 18 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Furthurmore, West Virginia pulled down 37 rebounds (17 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 1 block. West Virginia shot 81.8% when shooting free throws by burying 9 of 11 attempts. They also converted 11 out of their 26 attempts from downtown.
Buddy Boeheim is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He recorded 25 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes and collected 3 rebounds. Boeheim shot 47.1% from the field and earned 1 assist. Someone else that had an impact in this contest for the Orange was Marek Dolezaj. He pulled down 6 rebounds in his 38 min played. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field in the game by shooting 4-of-6 (12 points). When all was said and done, Dolezaj had 5 assists.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 26-3 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Cougars are shooting 44.3% from the field, which has them ranked 168th in the nation. Houston has scored 2,246 pts on the year (77.4 per game) and they grab 40.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 13.9 times per contest (118th in college basketball) and they turn it over 10.8 times per game. The Cougars are committing 18.5 fouls per game and they connect on 73.8% from the free throw line. The Cougars on defense are ranked 2nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 57.9. The Houston defense gives up 28.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (159 of 562) and their opponents are knocking down 66.2% of their free throw shots. They concede 10.0 assists and 31.6 total boards per game, which ranks them 16th and 40th in the country. They are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 37.3% from the floor (1st in D-1).
In their last game, the Houston Cougars walked away with a victory by a final of 63-60 when they faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Cougars collected 19 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 9 steals for the matchup. The Scarlet Knights were called for 18 personal fouls for this contest which took the Cougars to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a clip of 61.1%. In regard to three-point shots, Houston made 8 of their 22 tries (36.4%). Overall, the Cougars ended up shooting 22 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.3%. The Cougars permitted the Scarlet Knights to make 22 of their 50 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 44.0% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 43.8% from downtown by shooting 7 out of 16 and ended up shooting 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). Concerning how they rebounded, Houston permitted Rutgers to grab 27 in total (6 offensive).
Quentin Grimes ended up being a major contributor for the Cougars in the matchup. He knocked down 7 of 15 in this matchup giving him a rate of 46.7%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Grimes recorded 22 points in his 40 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the matchup. One more player that was important for Houston was Dejon Jarreau. He ended up with 2 dimes in his 32 minutes played, and he converted 6 of 12 from the floor. Jarreau finished going 50.0% from the floor and also earning 17 points and 5 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Houston (-6) and over 140.5 points
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