Gonzaga Vs Syracuse Sweet 16 Odds & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
In the Cinderella Game of this year’s Sweet 16, the number 10 seeded Syracuse Orange battle the number 11 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Midwest Region. The game takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on March 25. Tip-off is at 9:40 pm ET.
Syracuse has won 5 out of its last 10 games. Gonzaga has won 8 out of its last 10 games.
How To Bet the Gonzaga Bulldogs Vs Syracuse Orange March Madness Sweet Sixteen Odds
The college basketball March Madness Sweet Sixteen odds favor the Zags by 4.5-points to beat Syracuse. The Bulldogs have covered 7 straight. Syracuse has gone 5 and 1 ATS in the Orange’s last 6 games.
What: March Madness – Midwest Region – Sweet Sixteen
Who: No.11 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-7) at No.10 Syracuse Orange (21-13)
When: Friday, March 25, 2016
Start Time: 8:40 PM ET
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: United Center
Spread: Gonzaga -4.5
Moneyline: Zags -200 Vs Cuse +170
Game Total: 135
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Gonzaga vs Syracuse
Why Bet The No. 11 Seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs At -4.5
Gonzaga’s defense has been unreal in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs held Seton Hall, the Big East Tournament winner, to 20 out of 62 from the field for 32.3%. The Pirates made 4 out of 21 three-point shots for less than 20%. Seton Hall scored only 52 points. Versus Utah, the 3 seed in the Midwest Region, Gonzaga held the Utes to 59 total points. The Zags outshot Utah 61 to 52 from the field.
Why Bet The No. 10 Seeded Syracuse Orange At +4.5
Syracuse’s defense has been exceptional in 2 games in the NCAA Tournament as well. The Orange held Dayton to only 51 points in Round 1. The Flyers made 18 out of 56 shots for 32.1% from the field. Dayton shot 27.3% from three against the Orange defense. In Round 2, Syracuse dominated Middle Tennessee State 75 to 50. The Orange held the Blue Raiders to 19 out of 64 from the field. Syracuse’s defense kept Middle Tennessee State to 33.3% from three.
March Madness Sweet Sixteen Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Syracuse’s defense may be slightly better than Gonzaga’s. But the problem that the Orange will have in this game is that they’re most effective when playing a zone defense.
That worked versus Dayton and Middle Tennessee State. It won’t work against the Zags. Gonzaga averages over 48% from the field. Domanta Sabonis scored 31 points and grabbed 16 boards against Seton Hall’s tough interior defense. Sabonis beat up Jake Poeltl of Utah for 19 points and 10 boards.
Syracuse is going to have to collapse their defense to double-team Sabonis. There’s no guarantee that Sabonis still won’t score or out rebound double-teams, he’s been playing that well. Double-teaming Sabonis puts the Orange D in a bad position because Gonzaga averages 38% from three. The Zags have a chance at blowing out Syracuse on Friday.