Connecticut Huskies (6-2) at Syracuse Orange (6-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -5 — Over/Under: 131
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Tuesday has some compelling games in College Basketball but nothing is as the matchup between the Connecticut Huskies taking on the Syracuse Orange in the Jimmy V Classic. The Huskies are coming off two overtime wins games against Monmouth, and Columbia. The Orange are coming off their first loss of the season against Kansas in a 76-60 performance that they were dominated.
The Huskies are coming into this game with a 6-2 record averaging 72.9 points per game, allowing 73 points per game, shooting a field goal of 41% from the floor, and averaging about 37.8 rebounds per game, shooting 30.4% from behind the three point and shooting 74.7% from the foul line this season. The Huskies are looking to keep their two game winning streak from two thrilling overtime games against Monmouth as junior Jalen Adams in 44 minutes scored 31 points on 13/22 field goals, made 4 of 7 shooting from the three point line, with four assists and two steals. Christian Vital came second in scoring as he had 19 points on 4 of 10 shooting with an 11 of 13 mark from the foul line, while Terry Larrier added 16 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 steals, and Antwoine Anderson added 10 points to round out the scoring for Huskies in double figures.
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The Orange come into this game being 6-1 averaging 72.3 points per game, allowing just 62 points per game, shooting 43.3% from the floor, and averaging 44.1 rebounds per game this season, shooting 27.7% from behind the three point and only shooting 64.9% from the foul line this season. The Orange are trying to rebound from the 76-60 loss against Kansas a couple of nights ago. Sophomore Tyus Battle in 40 minutes led the team with 22 points on 7 of 20 shooting, going 2 for 11 behind the arc, with one assist and a pair of steals. Frank Howard was second on the team in scoring with 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a team-high 7 assists, while Oshae Brissett added 13 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of steals to round out the scoring in double-digits for the Orange. Bourama Sidibe chipped in 3 steals while Paschal Chukwu added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds. As a team, Battle leads the team in scoring with 20 points per game while Howard leads the team in assists with 6.1 assists per game and Brissett leads the way in rebounding with 9.7 rebounds per game this season.
- Syracuse is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Connecticut
- Syracuse is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Connecticut
- Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Syracuse
- Connecticut is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Syracuse
The Syracuse Orange should have a better performance when what they did a couple of nights ago as this Connecticut Huskies are not as challenging as the teams they have faced this season. The Huskies are coming off two thrilling overtime games and most likely have some tired legs on the bench, which should give the Orange an advantage in that category. I do believe the game will be close enough to have a compelling matchup, but the Orange should win this matchup tonight.