Syracuse Orange vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+5)
The Louisville Cardinals (11-4) host the Syracuse Orange (12-6) at KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have Louisville as 5-point favorites. The total is set at 139.5.
Syracuse heads into this game with a win-loss record of 12-6 for the campaign. The Orange are connecting on 32.4% on shots from beyond the arc (138 of 426) and 79.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 76.6 points per game (68th in the country) while connecting on 44.2% from the field. They are turning it over 11.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 14.7 fouls every game. As a team, Syracuse is snagging 36.3 boards per contest and has earned 281 assists so far this season, which ranks 84th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Orange have forced 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.4 fouls. They are 313th in college basketball in allowing assists with 299 conceded for the season. The Orange are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (449 of 1,099) and they concede 37.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 30.8% on three-point shots and they are ranked 187th in the nation in PPG allowed (70.4).
The Syracuse Orange stepped onto the hardwood against the Boston College Eagles and notched a win by a score of 75-67 in their last game. Syracuse walked away from the contest with a 48.1% field goal percentage (26 out of 54) and made 5 out of their 11 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Orange converted 18 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 78.3%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 34 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 12 dimes in this contest in addition to earning 10 steals and 6 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Syracuse allowed 48.1% from the field on 26 out of 54 shooting. Boston College earned 14 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Eagles totaled 30 boards (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Boston College finished shooting 92.3% from the free throw line by burying 12 of their 13 shots. They made 9 of their 31 tries from long range.
Joseph Girard is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He accumulated 16 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins played and also pulled down 6 boards. Girard walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Orange was Alan Griffin. He pulled down 8 boards and totaled 2 assists. He ended up going 50.0% from the field in this matchup by going 5-of-10 (14 points). When the game finished, Griffin saw the court for 31 min.
Louisville has a win-loss record of 11-4 for the year. The Cardinals are responsible for committing 17.4 fouls per contest and they go 72.3% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 11.5 times per contest (293rd in college hoops) and they are turning it over 12.0 times per game. Louisville has tallied 1,042 pts this year (69.5 per contest) and they collect 38.3 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Cardinals are shooting 45.2% from the field, which ranks 130th in the nation. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 46th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 64.2. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (36th in college basketball). The Louisville defense allows 30.9% on shots from 3-point land (113 of 366) and their opponents are making 66.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 10.9 dimes and 32.3 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 44th and 66th in those categories.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Louisville Cardinals got the victory with a final of 74-58 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Cardinals were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 20 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for this contest. They also blocked 3 shots while getting 4 steals for this contest. The Yellow Jackets earned 16 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throws for a rate of 64.7%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Louisville buried 7 out of their 19 tries (36.8%). In all, the Cardinals finished the game shooting 28 out of 72 from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.9%. The Cardinals allowed the Yellow Jackets to make 22 out of their 68 tries from the field which had them shooting 32.4% in the game. They went 29.6% from distance by going 8 of 27 and finished the game at 6 of 9 at the charity stripe (66.7%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Louisville allowed Georgia Tech to pull down 37 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
David Johnson pitched in for the Cardinals for this contest. He converted 9 of 20 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 45.0%, which earned him 24 points. Johnson snagged 10 rebounds in his 38 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Louisville was Carlik Jones. He ended up walking away with 12 points in his 39 minutes played by going 5 out of 17 shooting in this game. Jones ended up shooting 29.4% from the field while also earning 8 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Syracuse (+5)
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