The Syracuse Oranges pulled off a surprise win against No 3. seed West Virginia Mountaineers to advance to the Sweet 16. Now, they face No. 2 seed Houston, who is coming off a 63-60 win against Rutgers. At No. 11 seed, Syracuse has scored impressive performances in the NCAA Tournament, thus far. This presents an opportunity for everyone to see the Orange show off their crippling 2-3 zone defense.
All that said, the NitroBetting news team looks over the upcoming Syracuse vs. Houston game, one of the eight Sweet 16 games this weekend. We present a collection of essential information that will help you lock in the best picks. This article covers the essentials, such as NCAAB betting odds, a closer look at the competing teams, and our very own expert betting predictions.
Syracuse vs. Houston Game Information
- When: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:55 PM ET
- Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
- TV: CBS
- Radio: CBS Sports Radio
- Live Stream: March Madness Live
- March Madness Betting Odds: Syracuse +6.0 / O/U: 140.0
Why Bet on the Syracuse Orange?
Junior guard Buddy Boeheim leads the way for Syracuse after a hot performance against West Virginia, scoring a game-high 25 points. He is one of Syracuse’s best shooters, contributing to the team’s field goal record, currently north of 50 percent. On top of that, the Orange converted 50 percent of their threes, making them a threat from beyond the arc as well. If they can deliver in the post this coming Saturday, they should have an easier time scoring buckets.
Almost everyone knows what Syracuse has in the bag. They will continue to utilize 6-foot-10 forward Marek Dolezaj in the middle of the zone and maintain a long frontcourt. Furthermore, Buddy Boeheim scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half of the Orange’s game against West Virginia. The upcoming NCAAB: Syracuse vs. Houston game also marks head coach Jim Boeheim’s 20th appearance in the Sweet 16.
Why Bet on the Houston Cougars?
Houston is coming off a 63-60 thriller against Rutgers to get into the Sweet 16. They have won nine straight games since losing to Wichita State in the regular season and now are in for a strong run in the tournament as they make their way back to the third stage of the NCAA Tournament. This is their second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16 and is now looking to make a statement after coming in as an underrated No. 2 seed.
The man of the hour is expected to be Quentin Grimes, who recently scored 22 points to help Houston advance. The guard is trailed by Dejon Jarreau, who added 17 points to the board. This time around, the Cougars did not dominate rebounding despite being one of the best in college basketball. If Houston can get back on track at controlling the boards, we can anticipate a heated NCAAB: Syracuse vs. Houston battle.
Syracuse vs. Houston Betting Trends
- Syracuse is 7-3 in its last 10 games.
- Syracuse is 6-0 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over 3 times in Syracuse’s last 5 games.
- Houston is currently on a 9-game winning streak.
- Houston is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over in 6 of Houston’s last 10 games.
Syracuse vs. Houston Expert Betting Prediction
The Cougars will utilize their size and athleticism. This can create problems for any team out there, and expect them to get everything out of this strategy until the end of the game. Meanwhile, Syracuse will try to inject more unpredictable moves to be able to create more open looks.
They might not have the size, but they can employ a reliable man at the top of the key. Anything can happen here, which makes it an even more captivating game to watch.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.