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Syracuse Orange vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Point Spread Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Wednesday February 12, 2014, ESPN

Location: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 25th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers host the 2nd ranked Syracuse Orange in an American Athletic Conference match up.

In their last games: Syracuse beat Clemson 57-44 and Pitt beat Virginia Tech 62-57 in OT.

The Orange did not have a great shooting game in their win over Clemson, but they played stellar defense holding the Tigers to 34.1% shooting.

Pittsburgh did not shoot the ball well at all in their win over Virginia Tech with a FG% of 37.5%, but their defense shut down the Hokies holding them to a FG% of 32.1%. The Panthers also forced 20 turnovers in the game.

Earlier this season at Pittsburgh the Orange beat the Panthers 59-54.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Pitt is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games against Syracuse.

Pitt is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games against Syracuse.

Syracuse has the nation’s 7th ranked defense only giving up an average of 58.4 points per game.

Pitt has won 2 straight after losing a couple in a row, but those wins were against Miami, who is 3-8 in AAC play, and Virginia Tech, who is in the basement of the conference.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Pittsburgh -1
Total Line: 123.5
Money Line: Orange +100 / Panthers -120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Syracuse Orange: 23-0 SU 12-6-1 ATS
Pittsburgh Panthers: 20-4 SU 7-13-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• CUSE is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
• CUSE is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• CUSE has an Under record of 9-2 in their last 11 games.
• PITT is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
• PITT is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• PITT has an Over record of 8-2 in their last 10 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Syracuse Orange: 90.03
Pittsburgh Panthers: 87.30

Key Player Injuries

ORANGE
[C] 02/11/2014 – Baye Moussa Keita Questionable Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh (Ankle)
[F] 01/20/2014 – DaJuan Coleman out for season ( Leg )

PANTHERS
[F] 01/12/2014 – Durand Johnson out for season ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

Sure the Panthers are 13-2 at home but they lost both tests against top flight competition this season. Home losses to Virginia by 3 and Duke by 15 don’t give us any confidence to back them in this spot versus the AP’s No. 1 ranked team the UNDEFEATED Orange.
Take the Syracuse Orange +1.
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