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Syracuse vs. Houston U – Sweet Sixteen Betting Odds, Picks and Predictions

Syracuse vs. Houston U - March Madness Odds and Picks

Top March Madness betting sites favor the home team by 5.5 points when the Syracuse Orange and the Houston Cougars play on Saturday in college basketball action from Hinkle Fieldhouse. Syracuse has a 18-9 overall record.

The Orange are fresh off a Sunday win against West Virginia. The Cougars are 26-3 overall this season. Houston picked up a win over Rutgers in their Sunday game. The second-seeded Houston Cougars (26-3) will attempt to return to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.

They will take on the No. 11 Syracuse Orange (18-9) as strong favorites in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Region. Two years ago, the third-seeded Cougars lost to the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats 62-58 in the Sweet 16 as two-point underdogs. The Orange last appeared in the Elite Eight as a No. 10 in 2016.

According to the best online sportsbooks, there has not been much early line movement on this line. Bettors have slightly sided. The total has dropped to 140.

Syracuse vs. Houston U – March Madness Odds by MyBookie.ag

Syracuse+6 (-110)140 (-110)+220
Houston U-6 (-110)140 (-110)-260
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Betting Syracuse Orange

The Orange are the underdogs of the top sports betting sites. Syracuse has covered six consecutive games thanks to the pyrotechnics of Buddy Boeheim. He has averaged 26 points per game in that span.

Boeheim has also made an average of over five three-pointers in those contests. His worst performance (17 points and 2-for-10 from beyond the arc) came in a 64-54 win over the Clemson Tigers on March 3.

Alan Griffin picked up the slack against the Tigers. He had a game-best 22 points and 10 rebounds. He could make the difference in this matchup with Houston. Transferred from the Illinois Fighting Illini, Griffin has to be excited about playing in the Sweet 16 while his former program was eliminated in the second round as the Midwest top seed. If Griffin and Boeheim can click together, the Orange could prevail once more.

The key for the Orange at this point of the tournament has generally been to slow down the game with their 2-3 zone defense. They make opponents miss three-point shots regularly. That in turn has led to lower-scoring affairs for the Orange.

Betting Houston Cougars

The Cougars are favored by top March Madness betting sites. Houston got scared stiff in the previous round. They needed a late comeback to overcome the 10th-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights 63-60 on Sunday.
Rutgers was leading at halftime just like Syracuse was against the third-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers in their eventual 75-72 win earlier in the day. The difference is that the Scarlet Knights could not wrap it up though they covered the spread as 7.5-point dogs.

The Cougars stole the win down the stretch. They rallied from a 58-49 deficit in the last five minutes to their opponents’ dismay. This experience should be helpful to Houston in this matchup against Syracuse. Especially if they begin shooting cold from long range. The Cougars have a tried-and-true head coach in Kelvin Sampson who can go toe to toe with Jim Boeheim too.

Syracuse vs. Houston U March Madness Picks

Let’s stick with Houston. The Cougars have impressed in their nine-game winning streak. They have hit 76 or more points in seven of those contests. Houston had some problems with Rutgers. They shot just 37.3% from the floor.

They were able to hash out a comeback with a 39-29 rebound advantage as well some decent ball control at the right times. Syracuse has been scoring pretty good themselves in this national tourney. This should be a nice one. We like the Cougars to come up with a late cover, however.