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Ohio State vs. Syracuse Pick

March 24, 2012

Half of the Elite Eight is set and will be played Saturday March 24. One of the matchups will pit the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Syracuse Orange. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Thursday night 81-66. In that game the Buckeyes covered the 7 ½-point spread as the favorite. Syracuse punched their ticket to Saturday’s matchup by defeating the Badgers of Wisconsin 64-63.

They failed to cover the 3-point spread as the favorite in that game. Syracuse withstood a barrage of three pointers from Wisconsin and held on to win. The Orange was led by C.J. Fair who scored 15 points. He led a group of four players who scored 11 points or more.

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Both teams are in the top 15 in the country in efficiency on both offense and defense. This game will be close from the beginning to the end. If any team can take advantage of Syracuse’s loss of center Fab Melo it is the Buckeyes.

One big statistic that might haunt the Orange is they have a very low defensive rebounding percentage and Ohio State has a very high offensive rebounding percentage. That will be even increased, as Melo will not be in the Orange lineup to help with clearing the boards. Both freshmen Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger will give the Orange problems down low. Between the two, they had nine rebounds on the offensive end in their victory over Cincinnati.

Syracuse on the other hand, has a defense that causes a high rate of turnovers. Ohio State does not turn the ball over often, but a Syracuse pressure defense can easily change that. Also, Ohio State shoots very well from two-point range and can do that easier, as Melo and his great shot blocking ability will not be present. Syracuse will throw their zone at Ohio State and if they want to win, the Orange needs to make Ohio State take outside, low percentage shots.

The current line has the Buckeyes listed as a 2 ½-point favorite. The total is currently at 136 ½. This game will come down to the last minute with both teams having a chance to win at the end.
Pick: Ohio State (-2 ½) Total: OVER

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Saturday, March 24th, 2012 2012, College Basketball Betting, march madness

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