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Sweet 16 Betting: Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Odds, Picks and Predictions

Sweet 16 Betting: Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Odds

For the second consecutive NCAA Tournament, Houston is in the Sweet Sixteen.  Now the Cougars aim for their first Elite Eight since the Phi Slama Jama days of 1984.  Houston will face a resurgent Syracuse team Saturday in a tough March Madness betting matchup.  Two dynamic coaching personalities will patrol the sidelines in this one.  Jim Boeheim is in his 45th season coaching the Orange.  Counter to that is Kelvin Sampson, who has coached four different programs to the Big Dance.  Sampson walked into abysmal Houston and ignited a sleeping giant.  He’s put UH back on the national map.

Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Betting Information

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 9:55 p.m. ET
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV Coverage: TBS

Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Betting Odds

Syracuse +6 (-110) 140 (-110) +220
Houston U -6 (-110) 140 (-110) -260
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Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars CashBet Wagering Analysis

In this situation, Houston will carry most of the Bitcoin sportsbook handle.  Coach Kelvin Sampson has built Houston into a team that casual fans are noticing.  Of course, Syracuse and coach Jim Boeheim are name brands.  But the Orange have not been a dominant team for a long time.  All of which will drive the handle to Houston.  Wiseguys always look at the dog first.  And Houston’s near-disaster against Rutgers was a costly overlay.  So far, Syracuse beat two worthy foes in the Big Dance.  Such results catch the attention of sharp players for quality underdogs.

Syracuse Turns Orange into Green with Hot Hand

Late on, Syracuse has covered five of their last six games.  Three of their last four went over the total.  Syracuse beat San Diego State 78-62 as 3-point dogs in the opening round.  Second-round action was a 75-72 win over West Virginia as 4-point dogs.  Syracuse has a 2021 March Madness Betting record of 18-9 straight up, 14-13 against the spread, and 14-13 over the total.  National metrics show the Orange ranked 72nd for scoring and 199th for points allowed.

Namely, junior guard Buddy Boeheim is sparking Syracuse.  It is noteworthy that he is the son of Jim Boeheim.  Boeheim scored 30 points against San Diego State and 25 points against West Virginia.  In sum, he is averaging 18.0 points per game.

Cougars on the Prowl at Cashier’s Cage

Houston has a bet on NCAA basketball Record of 26-3 straight up, 19-9 against the spread, and 14-14 over/under.  UH has covered six of their last eight games.  First-round action saw the Cougars beat Cleveland State 87-56 as 20.5-point dogs.  Houston then beat Rutgers 63-60 as 7.5-point chalk.  Houston ranks 53rd in the nation for scoring offense and 2nd for points allowed.

Junior guard Quentin Grimes leads Houston with 18.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.  Last game against Rutgers, Grimes tallied 22 points and nine rebounds.

Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Against the Spread

On the whole, Syracuse is 5-6 against the spread as a dog.  The Cuse has covered four consecutive neutral site games.  In non-conference games, the Orange are 5-4 on the board.

Syracuse is 4-5 under the total in non-conference games.  Meanwhile, the Orange are 3-1 over the total in neutral site games.  And as dogs, Syracuse is 8-3 to the over.

Overall, the Cougars are 18-9 against the spread as chalk.  On neutral courts, Houston is 4-2 vs. the line.  And UH has paid in five of their last eight non-conference matchups.

Houston is 2-1 over the total in neutral court games.  Correlate the Cougars are 11-17 under the odds as chalk.  UH is 7-6 over the total in non-conference games.

Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars CashBet Free Pick  

As was previously noted, Houston is profitable chalk.  Accordingly, their 2021 March Madness betting scare against Rutgers should wake them up.  Syracuse has been surprisingly weak on defense this season.  Houston brings a significantly better full-court game.  For all that, UH brings the best player on the floor in Quentin Grimes.

Syracuse vs. Houston CashBet Best Bet: 

Houston Cougars


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