Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Syracuse Orange Free Prediction


Expect a defensive battle when the Old Dominion Monarchs (7-3) challenge the 25th-ranked Syracuse Orange (7-2) at Carrier Dome. The game starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15, 2018, and will air on ACC Network.

Old Dominion Monarchs at Syracuse Orange Betting Odds

Both teams won big over their last opponent. The Orange defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles 66-34, while the Monarchs beat the Navy Midshipmen 67-44.

Old Dominion played a flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.6 and a free throw rate of 0.304. For those same stats, Navy put up marks of 18.0 and 0.196, respectively. Meanwhile, Syracuse dominated every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.242 and a turnover percentage of 11.9. For those same stats, Eastern Washington was 0.034 and 23.3, respectively. Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett led the way, putting up 20 points and eight rebounds. Ahmad Caver played a key role for Old Dominion with 24 points and five rebounds.

B.J. Stith and Caver have played well over the last five games for Old Dominion. Stith has averaged 0 points per game, while Caver has put up 0 points a game during that span.

Baskets could be hard to come by in this showdown between two of the NCAA’s best defenses. Syracuse ranks 37th in defensive efficiency (97.7) and Old Dominion is 10th (92.7) dating back to last season. Also, the Monarchs rank 40th in turnover percentage (15.8 percent), while the Orange rank 34th in opponents’ turnover percentage (20.2 percent).

Old Dominion at Syracuse ATS Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Syracuse, ATS Winner – Syracuse, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Old Dominion ranks 26th in assists allowed per game (12.4) while Syracuse ranks 216th (15.8).
  • The Monarchs average 20.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 124th in the NCAA. The Orange rank 261st in three pointers allowed per game (25.1).
  • Old Dominion allows the second-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while Syracuse ranks 60th (3.1).
  • The Orange rank 25th in steals per game (7.2) while the Monarchs rank 192nd (6.9).
  • Old Dominion ranks 31st in rebounds per game (38.4) while Syracuse ranks 171st in rebounds allowed per game (33.9).