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Bet the Syracuse Orange vs Louisville Cardinals Line

The Syracuse Orange (18-8, 8-5 ACC) travel to Louisville, Kentucky to battle the eighteenth ranked Louisville Cardinals (19-6, 8-4 ACC) in a game between two teams that have self-imposed post-season bans. Syracuse’s self-imposed post-season ban took place last season. Louisville’s takes place this season. Tipoff for this game is scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 pm ET.

A Closer Look At How To Bet the Syracuse Orange vs No. 18 Louisville Cardinals College Basketball Line

The college basketball betting line favors Louisville by 7.5-points. There is no moneyline or game total available currently. The public is 61% on the Syracuse Orange to cover the spread. The point spread opened at Cardinals -8.5. 

The Syracuse Orange are 23-30 against the spread, while the Cardinals are 24-32 ATS. The Orange covered the spread in their one matchup versus the Cardinals. 

What: Syracuse Orange (18-8) at No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (19-6)
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET 
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: KFC Yum! Center
Spread: Louisville Cardinals -7.5
Watch: ESPN
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Bet The Syracuse Orange Because…

Since a 65 to 73 loss to Virginia on Jan. 24, Syracuse has been hot. The Orange has won 5 games in a row. One of the wins was an 81 to 66 win over talented Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 28. Unlike Louisville, Syracuse imposed their post-season ban last season. Syracuse can participate in both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, should they get a bid to the Big Dance. Don’t think for a second that hall of fame coach Jim Boeheim isn’t drilling that fact into the heads of his players. The hot Orange will be looking to take a closer step towards the madness that is March with a big road win over ranked Louisville on Wednesday night.

Bet The Louisville Cardinals Because…

Coach Rick Pitino and his players would like nothing more than to keep Syracuse from making it to the post-season. The self-imposed ban really only hurts the players as it’s clear that Louisville will keep Pitino around for as long as he wants to stick around. But, Pitino is a master motivator. Basketball handicappers can be assured that Pitino using the post-season ban to motivate his guys to play as well as they can play. If Pitino’s motivation techniques have taken hold, Louisville is going to work as hard as it can to burden every team in the ACC, including Syracuse on Wednesday, with big losses.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Although there’s no doubt that Louisville’s drive won’t take a step backward due to the post-season ban, its play already has. The Cardinals sit on a 2 game losing streak. They dropped a game 65 to 72 to Duke on Feb. 8. They lost 66 to 71 to Notre Dame.

Syracuse, meanwhile, has been on fire. Syracuse has been winning with both its offense and defense. On Feb. 11, it beat Florida State 85 to 72. On Jan. 30 the Orange beat Georgia Tech 60 to 57. Syracuse can play any style that Louisville wants to play. This ACC battle on Wednesday looks like it’s ripe for an upset winner. I like Boeheim and the ‘Cuse to get it done.

My final score prediction is Syracuse 68, Louisville 65.