Syracuse vs Baylor 3/21/19 - NCAA Tournament Picks & Predictions
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Syracuse Orange vs. Baylor Bears
NCAAB: 9:57 PM EST
Mar. 21, 2019
Latest Odds : SYR -2 Total 133
The No. 8 seeded Syracuse Orange will play the No. 9 seeded Baylor Bears on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament West Region in Salt Lake City. The Orange were sixth in the ACC regular season and lost to the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday 84-72 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Frank Howard led the Orange in the loss with 28 points while Buddy Boeheim scored 15.
Baylor finished fourth in the Big 12 during the regular season and lost its last outing on Thursday to the Iowa State Cyclones 83-66 in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. Baylor is a very young team with just two players on the squad that had played in a Big 12 tournament prior to this week’s tournament. Baylor is reeling having lost four straight.
Tyus Battle leads Syracuse in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game. Two other Orange players are averaging double figures in scoring. Oshae Brissett is the leading rebounder with an average of 7.5 per game. Frank Howard leads the team in assists with an average of 2.9 per game. Syracuse is shooting 42.4% from the field and 33.0% from 3-point territory.
Tristan Clark leads Baylor in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game. The leading rebounder is Mark Vital with an average of 7.2 per game. Makai Mason leads the Bears in assists with an average of 3.3 per game. Baylor is shooting 44.0% from the field and 34.0% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Syracuse is 4-2 ATS in its last 6
The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the Orange’s last 10
Baylor has 0-4 ATS in its last 4
The OVER has cashed in 4 of the Bears last 6
Free Betting Pick: Syracuse Orange -2
Baylor has very little tournament experience and is limping into the Big Dance having gone 0-4 SU and ATS over its last 4 games of the season. Syracuse on the other hand played well and lost to Duke on Thursday and has much more tournament experience with players such as Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett, which will help the Orange in this opening game of the tournament. Final Score Prediction, Syracuse Orange win and cover ATS 68-61.