College Basketball Betting – Syracuse at Providence

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

College basketball betting favors Syracuse on Tuesday as they travel to Providence in a game that can be seen on ESPN U.

The Orange are at the top of the Big East while Providence languishes near the bottom.  Those that bet on college basketball will probably be leaning toward Syracuse in this game.

College basketball betting had Syracuse getting a 75-71 win over Georgetown last Thursday.  The Orange should be able to score a lot of points in this matchup considering Providence doesn’t play much defense.  Providence has lost six straight and they are allowing opponents to score almost 80 points per game. That is a major problem against a Syracuse team that averages 80.6 points per game.  Providence has one player that can score and impact the game. Jamine Peterson is averaging 18.9 ppg (4th in the Big East) and he averages 10.1 rebounds per game (2nd in the Big East). 

Syracuse won at home against Providence earlier this month by a score of 85-68. Peterson had 25 points and 11 rebounds in this game.  Syracuse is expected to win this game in college basketball betting but they have a couple of concerns. Wesley Johnson is still not shooting the ball well since injuring his hand and the Orange could be looking ahead to Saturday’s huge game against Villanova.  Johnson leads the team in scoring at 16 points per game this season.

Providence has been awful at home in college basketball betting. They are just 2-9 at home this season versus the point spread.  Providence actually scores more points per game than Syracuse, (just barely) but their defense is simply an abomination. They rank 341st in the country in defense and that simply is not going to win you many games. What that does mean is that they go over the total a lot for those that bet on college basketball.  Eight of their 11 home games have gone over.  Syracuse has actually gone under the total in six of their seven road games.

Syracuse is a very profitable 6-1 against the college basketball betting odds in road games this season.  The Orange are still in the running for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament so they can’t afford to overlook any team.  Any loss could put them right out of the picture for a top seed so they shouldn’t overlook Providence on Tuesday.

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