Syracuse Orange vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (-4)
The Syracuse Orange (7-3) are headed to Petersen Events Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (6-2). Pittsburgh opens this contest as 4-point dogs. The O/U is set at 140.
Syracuse enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-3 this year. They average 79.5 points per contest (57th in the country) while shooting 44.5% from the field. The Orange are connecting on 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc (89 of 270) and 77.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Syracuse is grabbing 39.0 boards per contest and has tallied 176 assists this season, which has them ranked 68th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.1 times per game and as a group are committing 14.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Orange have forced 16.4 turnovers per game while drawing 17.5 fouls. The Orange are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.3% (250 of 636) and they relinquish 38.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 276th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 164 relinquished so far this season. They give up 29.3% from 3-point land and they are 149th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (68.8).
The Syracuse Orange stepped onto the hardwood against the North Carolina Tar Heels and took a loss by a final of 81-75 in their last game. Syracuse ended the game having earned a 46.7% field goal percentage (28 out of 60) and made 10 out of their 29 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Orange knocked down 9 of 12 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 assists in this contest as well as earning 7 steals and 9 blocks. In terms of defense, Syracuse allowed the other team to go 46.7% from the field on 28 of 60 shooting. North Carolina totaled 18 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. In addition, the Tar Heels totaled 43 rebounds (19 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 9 rejections. North Carolina shot 78.3% from the free throw line by making 18 of their 23 attempts. They made 5 of their 24 shots from distance.
Quincy Guerrier is someone who came through in the matchup. He ended up scoring 23 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins and also totaled 11 rebounds. Guerrier finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Orange was Buddy Boeheim. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also had 4 assists. He went 46.7% from the floor for the game by shooting 7-of-15 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Boeheim played 38 min.
Pittsburgh has a record of 6-2 this season. Pittsburgh has totaled 567 pts on the campaign (70.9 per game) and they pull down 42.8 rebounds per game. The Panthers are responsible for committing 18.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 60.9% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Panthers are hitting on 42.6% from the field, which ranks them 260th in the country. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per contest (95th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per contest. The Panthers on the defensive side of the court are 44th in college hoops in points given up per game with 64.0. They are forcing their opponents into 14.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.0% from the field (29th in D-1). The Pittsburgh defense surrenders 27.3% on shots from distance (53 of 194) and their opponents are connecting on 65.6% of their foul shots. They have allowed 13.6 dimes and 34.9 total rebounds per game, which is 231st and 163rd in those categories.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Panthers took home the win by a final score of 63-60 against Syracuse. The Panthers recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 42 in this matchup. They blocked 2 shots while earning 3 steals for this game. The Orange were called for 18 fouls in this game which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for a total of 16 tries. They were able to convert 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 62.5%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Pittsburgh made 7 of 28 tries (25.0%). Overall, the Panthers went 23 for 65 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.4%. The Panthers allowed the Orange to make 22 of 60 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.7% in this matchup. They finished 31.6% from distance by shooting 12 of 38 and ended up going 4 of 5 from the free throw line (80.0%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, Pittsburgh permitted Syracuse to get 29 in all (7 offensive).
Ithiel Horton ended up having an impact for the Panthers in this matchup. He made 5 of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which earned him 14 points. Horton grabbed 2 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and had 2 assists for this contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Pittsburgh was Au'Diese Toney. He totaled 12 points in 38 minutes on the court via 4 out of 8 shooting for the matchup. Toney wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 3 assists and 14 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Syracuse (-4)
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