NCAA Tournament: Syracuse vs. Arizona State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Game Time: 9:10 ET
Venue: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
All You Really Need To Know About Syracuse
(ACC) RPI: 39, 11-seed
It was a rough run late, losing five of the last eight games before getting shoved out of the ACC Tournament by North Carolina. But the tenth-best team in the conference found its way in, and now, with a three-headed scoring monster – led by Tyus Battle and his 19.8 points per game – there’s just enough offense to go along with the terrific D.
Phenomenal on the inside, you beat the Orange by hitting from three and forcing it to try rallying. Syracuse doesn’t have any three point shooting talent, it doesn’t move the ball around, and the shooting is abysmal. The defense has to get the job done.
All You Really Need To Know About Arizona State
(Pac-12) RPI: 61. 11-seed
Sort of a surprise to get the call for the tournament, the Sun Devils come in after losing five of their last six games including to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament. A tremendously deep team with nine key parts rotating in, there’s good scoring pop and a whole lot of options to play around with.
The Sun Devils might not have the strongest defense, but they led the Pac-12 averaging 83.5 points per game. They’re great on the free throw line, they don’t make a whole lot of mistakes, and they overcome the problems rebounding by hitting enough from the outside to get by.
What’s Going To Happen
Can Syracuse get the offense going at all? Yeah, the defense is just good enough to put the clamps down on anyone in the tournament at the right time, but Arizona State’s attack is too diverse and too good.
It takes a team that makes a whole lot of mistakes for the Syracuse thing to work, and that’s not ASU. The Sun Devils are too tight with the ball, too good at hitting their free throws, and too good from outside.
It’s this simple. ASU can score. Syracuse can’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona State 69, Syracuse 66
Line: Arizona State -1.5, o/u: 142.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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