The Orange have been one of the best teams to bet on college basketball this season. Not only is Syracuse 27-2 straight up, they are a very profitable 18-7 against the college basketball betting line.
College basketball betting has seen Syracuse win 9 of the last 10 against St. John’s straight up but the Orange are just 4-6 against the spread. The Orange have clinched at least a share of the Big East title so the concern if you bet on college basketball and take Syracuse in this game is a letdown. The Orange are coming off their biggest win of the season on Saturday as they beat Villanova in front of the biggest crowd ever at the Carrier Dome.
The game attracted an NCAA on-campus-record crowd of 34,616. Six players scored in double figures for Syracuse. Rick Jackson led the way with 19 points. The win was also the team’s school-record 27th regular-season victory. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is warning against a letdown on Tuesday as the team faces St. John’s. "We still have a ways to go. We want to keep playing. St. John's, I've seen them the past few games and they can beat anybody in this league and we know that.” Boeheim said, “We have a very difficult last game of the year at Louisville. We're not concerned about anything except St. John's. Whatever happens [regarding the rankings] happens and all the other stuff.”
St. John’s is coming off another tough loss on Saturday as Pittsburgh beat them 71-64. "We have to keep fighting through," coach Norm Roberts said, "There are no easy games in this league. It's the toughest league in America. There's no time to worry. You have to prepare for the next game." St. John’s must shoot better than they did on Saturday (36%) if they expect to be competitive on Tuesday against one of the best teams in college basketball.
The one positive for St. John’s is that they are 6-4 against the college basketball betting line in their last ten games against Syracuse. They have lost the last two at Syracuse but they were competitive. They lost 76-70 two years ago and 76-74 three years ago. In fact, St. John’s has covered the college basketball betting line in their last five trips to Syracuse.