The Connecticut Huskies (6-2) and the Syracuse Orange (6-1) go head-to-head at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The last time the Orange played, they lost to the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 76-60. Syracuse’s Tyus Battle had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-20 shooting. Kansas held the Orange to an effective field goal percentage of 0.375 (below their season average of 0.491). Syracuse, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.321 (above their season average of 0.221).
The Huskies will look to maintain momentum after just getting past the Monmouth Hawks in their last contest, 84-81. With 31 points on 13-for-22 shooting, Jalen Adams was the top scorer from either team. Connecticut played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 15.6) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2 (below their season average of 28.8). For those same stats, Monmouth was 18.2 and 21.2, respectively.
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams square off. Connecticut ranks 316th in possessions per game (66.4) and Syracuse is 281st (67.6) since last season.
The Huskies won the sole game against the Orange last season, 52-50. Connecticut had a better effective field goal percentage (0.382 vs. 0.315). Syracuse, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.296 vs. 0.255).
Syracuse Orange vs. Connecticut Huskies Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Syracuse, ATS Winner – Syracuse, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Huskies rank 117th in rebounds per game (36.9) while the Orange rank 169th in rebounds allowed per game (35.1).
- Syracuse averages 5.0 blocks per game, which ranks 26th in the nation. Connecticut ranks 39th in blocks allowed per game (2.7).
- Syracuse ranks 15th in steals per game (8.3) while Connecticut ranks 280th (4.9).
- The Huskies rank 93rd in assists allowed per game (12.2) while the Orange rank 310th (17.0).
- Syracuse ranks 121st in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while Connecticut ranks 268th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).