The Syracuse Orange are in a must-win situation against the Louisville Cardinals tonight, making this a must-see and must-bet game between two strong ACC teams. While Rick Pitino’s Cardinals are well on their way to the big dance, Syracuse is at best a bubble team, but a win over Louisville will go a long way to make their case to be invited to the madness.
An Inside Look At The Louisville at Syracuse Betting Spread & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (12) Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Orange
Date: Feb. 18, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Syracuse, New York
Stadium: Carrier Dome
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Louisville Vs Syracuse
Point Spread: N/A
Game Total: N/A
Louisville Will Cover the Spread If
The Cardinals defense is working its magic.
These two teams haven’t battled since 2013. It’s difficult to use that game as a barometer, but Louisville beat Syracuse 78 to 61 and, not surprisingly really, Louisville held Syracuse to a shooting percentage that mirrors what they’re holding opponents to in 2015.
In that 2013 game, Syracuse shot 40.8% from the floor. Louisville is holding opponents to an average of 37.3% per game in 2014-2015. That’s pretty close. The difference is that this Louisville team is actually even better defensively than the 2013 team. The Cardinals are holding opponents to 58.4 points while scoring 71.9. Teams are shooting 29% from the three-point line against Louisville. If the Cardinals’ defense is working its magic, Louisville should cover the spread because Syracuse will have a hard time matching up defensively with Louisville’s Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell if the Orange employs their traditional zone defense.
Syracuse Will Cover the Spread If
Syracuse can contain Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier.
Syracuse’s best player is Rakeem Christmas. Christmas is a huge 250lb forward that averages 18 points and 9.2 boards per game. He shoots 58.2% from the field. But Christmas will be counted on to do more than just score and grab boards against Louisville.
Christmas has to contain Montrezl Harrell. The problem with Louisville is that even though they have a great defense, one of the best in the nation, on offense the Cardinals aren’t very talented. Terry Rozier, their great guard, can score a ton of points, but after Rozier, the best scorer is Harrell. In order for Syracuse to cover the spread in this game, Christmas is going to have to play a monster defensive game versus Harell. Coach Jim Boeheim likes to employ a zone defense. In this case, it makes sense to put Christmas man on man with Harrell and double-team Rozier on the perimeter. If Syracuse can pull that off, they should be able to cover the spread in this matchup.