How often has a college hoops team that was left for road kill gets a surprise invite to the Big Dance and then wins a game or two? Drop the Orangemen of Syracuse into that pot. Now the 10th seed is just an underdog by a single point to beat the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers.
The game tips-off on CBS this Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:15 AM ET from the Scottrade Center, in St. Louis, Missouri.
How To Bet The No. 10 Syracuse Orange Vs No. 7 Dayton Flyers NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament Line
The March Madness betting line favors Dayton by 1-point to beat Syracuse. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is lowly 129. If you are betting the moneyline the Orange pay even money while Dayton pays 100 on 120.
What: NCAA Tournament – Midwest Region – Round of 64
Who: Syracuse Orange (19-13) at Dayton Flyers (25-7)
When: Friday, March 18, 2016
Start Time: 11:15 AM ET
Where: St. Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Scottrade Center
Spread: Dayton -1
Moneyline: Syracuse +100 vs Dayton -120
Game Total: 129
Stream: CBS Sports
Why Bet The Syracuse Orange at +1 To Beat Dayton
Syracuse had anomalous season. We all can agree on that. The Orangemen struggled early while coach Jim Boeheim was confined to NCAA prison, then straightened up somewhat after he returned. However, the return from his suspension was almost too little, too late.
With Boeheim on the sideline, Syracuse can make a run to the championship. He’s one of the best all-time collegiate coaches, and his aura may be enough to disrupt Dayton’s chances.
Syracuse finished the season with a disappointing 16-15 against the spread mark this season, but down the streach the Orange finished 7-2 ATS versus a team with a winning % above .600, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven neutral site games.
Why Bet The Dayton Flyers at -1 To Beat Syracuse
While Dayton was ousted in the first round last year, it took two wins in 2014 as an 11th seed. Dyshawn Pierre and Scoochie Smith remain from that group, and their familiarity with the NCAA stage will serve the team well. The Flyers, though 2-2 straight-up in those games, covered in all four.
Dayton has already beaten the Orangemen in March in 2014 in the second round. Can they do it again?
It might also be a good day to bet on the Flyers; they are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This is an even matchup on paper with two inconsistent teams trying to avoid an early elimination. Syracuse may have their short comings but having Jim Boeheim on the sideline will be the difference. Bet the Orangeman to win their first round March Madness game.