NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds: Syracuse vs. Duke Predictions

Brandon Hurley is back with his pick of the day for Monday's college basketball slate
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Mon, February 22, 10:18 AM EST

Syracuse Orange vs. Duke Blue Devils

Syracuse travels to Duke coming off a big time comeback win against Notre Dame, erasing a 20 point deficit. Duke is coming off 3 straight wins and a huge Quad 1 win over Virginia. Both of these teams are in desperate need to win this game tonight if they want to have any luck in making the tournament. The Orange lack a Quad 1 win on their resume. Last week, the Orange had an opportunity for a Quad 1 road win at Louisville, but the game was postponed. Now the Orange have another shot here against the Blue Devils.

After recent new of Jalen Johnson opting out, Duke has looked much more fluid and efficient. Matthew Hurt has been a stud in his second year season raking in 18.5 points per game while shooting 46% from 3. DJ Steward and Jeremy Roach have been adding huge contributions lately as well. Duke has looked a lot better as of late.

Syracuse is backed by Buddy Boeheim, who leads one of the better offensive teams Jim Boeheim has had in recent years. All five starters for the Orange average double figures. The main core for Syracuse is Alan Griffin, Quincy Guerrier, and Buddy Boeheim, who all are averaging at least 15 points per game. Outside this core they get a lot of help from Joe Girard and Marek Dolezaj who have been consistent and reliable as well. These guys can absolutely torch you from the 3 point line if they are on. Buddy Boehim and Joe Girard are sharp shooters and wont shy away from letting it fly. It is hard to defend the Orange as they can score in a variety of ways. If they aren’t drilling 3s, they can look inside to the athletic forward Quincy Guerrier, who is a tough matchup. Im backing ‘Cuse for a much needed resume builder.

The Pick: Syracuse +5 @ +100

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