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Syracuse versus Oklahoma March Madness College Basketball Preview

Syracuse versus Oklahoma March Madness College Basketball


Time: 7:25PM ET TV: CBS

The point spread opened as Oklahoma a 1-point favorite and the Sooners still sit as only a single point favorite. Oklahoma is currently the shortest favorite of all the Sweet Sixteen favorites. The total in the game was sent out by LVSC at 148 and there has been money on the over as the game’s total currently sits at 153. Blake Griffin has put in 61 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma is ranked 2nd in the nation in offensive field goal percentage hitting on 49.2% of their shots. Syracuse hits on just 64% of free throws ranking them 299th in the nation. Syracuse averages 15 turnovers a game ranking them 277th in the nation. Oklahoma does not force many turnovers and may not be able to fully exploit this weakness. Second half bettors take note. Syracuse averages 6 more points in their games in the second half than their first half average. Oklahoma allows 6 more points in the second half than their first half average. Halftime bettors may look to play on Syracuse and the over in the second half. Oklahoma is only 4-4 in their past 8 games while Syracuse is 9-1 straight up in their past 10. In non-conference games Syracuse has wins over Sweet 16 Kansas and Memphis. Oklahoma’s biggest challenge in this game is facing Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. The Orange has size down low and Sooners head coach Jeff Capel wants the ball in Griffin’s hands and even went as far as saying he wouldn’t mind forcing the ball in Blake Griffin’s hands. This may not be the best practice against the Orange and even suggests the team may not be patience enough offensively against the Syracuse defense, which may lead to turnovers.

The Wagerline consensus has 50.74% of the bettors on Oklahoma -1

The Wagerline consensus has 55.3% of the bettors playing under 153

Trend: Syracuse is 9-1 ATS in their past 10 games.