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Syracuse Orange vs. Maryland Terrapins Against The Spread Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Monday February 24, 2014, ESPN

Location: Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

The Maryland Terrapins host the top-ranked Syracuse Orange in an ACC match up.

In their last games: Maryland beat Wake Forrest 71-60 and Syracuse lost to Duke 66-60.

Maryland did not shoot the rock great in their win over Wake Forrest and they did not play great defense, but they forced 18 turnovers and the Demon Deacons were only 9/20 from the free throw line.

Syracuse did not play their usual great defense in the loss to Duke and the Orange only shot 38.7% from the floor.

This is the first match up this season between these 2 teams and the first ever in conference play with Syracuse joining the ACC this season.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

After winning their first 25 games of the season Syracuse has lost 2 in a row.

Maryland is 0-5 this season facing ranked teams.

Syracuse has the nation’s 7th ranked defense only giving up an average of 58.3 ppg.

Betting Odds – Syracuse -3.5 O/U OFF

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Syracuse -4
Total Line: 131
Money Line: Orange -200 / Terrapins +170

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Syracuse Orange: 25-2 SU 13-8-2 ATS
Maryland Terrapins: 15-12 SU 13-10 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• CUSE is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• CUSE is 12-5-2 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• CUSE has an Over record of 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games.
• MARY is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• MARY is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
• MARY has an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Syracuse Orange: 88.89
Maryland Terrapins: 81.33

Key Player Injuries

[F] 01/24/2014 – DaJuan Coleman out for season ( Knee )

No injuries to report at this time.

Point Spread Pick:

You could say that the Terrapins should be fully rested and ready for a top effort tonight. We’re not of that opinion. Maryland was playing arguably their best basketball of season but they haven’t played since last Tuesday and have probably lost their edge. Syracuse on a 2-game tailspin but should rebound in a big way tonight. Take the Syracuse Orange -4
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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