College Basketball Odds – Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange Game Preview
Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC
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Two particularly hot teams for bettors will be on the docket together on Thursday night at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse Orange have covered four straight, while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 2-1-1 ATS and 4-0 SU since losing their fifth game of the season.
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HOW THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH CAN COVER THE SPREAD
The Fighting Irish managed to crush Boston College on Saturday in spite of the fact that Demetrius Jackson left after playing just two minutes. The news is relatively good about his hamstring, as it’s only a pull, but it’s doubtful that he ends up suiting up on Thursday for this one.
If that’s the case, there will be a ton of pressure on Bonzie Colson to replace him. Colson though, has been on fire, scoring a total of 62 points in his last three games combined, and he’s been great on the glass as well.
Notre Dame is going to have to take advantage of the extra bulk it has on the court with Colson. Sure, Jackson and Colson are basically the same size, but Colson plays a heck of a lot bigger and averages 7.0 rebounds per game.
It’s strange to think that this might be a big advantage to not have Jackson, but Colson could be massive when it comes to breaking down that 2-3 zone.
HOW THE SYRACUSE ORANGE CAN COVER THE SPREAD
The Orange have played much better offense in general with Jim Boeheim back on the bench after serving his suspension, especially in clutch moments. That’s why road games against both Wake Forest and Duke were won.
Even if that last game on Sunday versus Virginia was lost by eight, Syracuse has proven that it’s back and is ready to go on a run here with four straight games to be played at home.
The key to covering this one is going to be getting good contributions from all six of the regulars on the floor. Boeheim has made it a point to really only use Malachi Richardson, Trevor Cooney, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon.
All six really need to have an impact on the game in some way, shape or form.
Against Virginia, Richardson and Gbinije really dominated the scoring, putting up 47 of the 65 points scored, and that isn’t the right recipe in our eyes for covering games when the Orange are laying points.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
There’s a bit of a concern here about the Orange giving points for the first time in a game against a comparable team since losing in overtime at home against Clemson back on January 5.
However, we really think the absence of Jackson could be problematic even if Colson does play a strong game for the Irish.
You need to have both inside and outside shooting to beat the 2-3 zone, and we’re afraid that Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem won’t be able to knock down enough 3-point shots to completely break a defense which has really found its stride in recent weeks.
Syracuse 76, Notre Dame 68