College Basketball Picks: Syracuse Orange vs. Maryland Terrapins

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 24, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Syracuse Orange vs. Maryland Terrapins

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    Gerry Broome/Associated Press

    The Syracuse Orange are 5-2 against the spread when playing on the road this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Monday as they prepare to take on the Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Orange are 3.5-point road favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with no betting total available in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum 

Syracuse Orange

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    Associated Press

    The Syracuse Orange have had their last four games decided by six or fewer points, including a 66-60 setback to the Duke Blue Devils as six-point road underdogs last Saturday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Orange are 5-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread when playing on one day of rest or less during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Maryland Terrapins

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    The Maryland Terrapins have covered the number in their last four games. They are looking to build off Tuesday's 71-60 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, in which they were 9.5-point home favorites.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Terrapins are 5-18 straight up and 6-16-1 against the spread off a win against a conference rival. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Syracuse Orange as one of their college basketball picks, as they've gone 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread after failing to cover the number in three or more consecutive games.

    Pick: Syracuse Orange -3.5

     

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