The Syracuse Orange will battle the Pittsburgh Panthers in an ACC clash Saturday afternoon from the Carrier Dome. The Panthers held on for a 74-72 home win over Boston College on Wednesday night, and the Orange earned an 84-82 road win against Notre Dame in their previous tilt. Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh in all three meetings last season.
Pittsburgh Evens Conference Record, Seeks Third Straight Win
The Pittsburgh Panthers have recovered from a mini two-game slide with two straight wins and have climbed to the middle of the ACC standings with a 4-4 record. Pittsburgh was 11 point favorites in a hard-fought 74-72 home win over Boston College on Wednesday night. The Panthers rely on defense to win games.
Trey McGowens hasn’t been able to find his shooting touch, recording a clip below 40% in four straight games. The sophomore guard has come through with some big performances and he is currently averaging 13.4 PPG on 39% shooting. Xavier Johnson has been similar to McGowens regarding his inconsistent shooting. The sophomore guard scored 20 points against the Tar Heels last week, and he holds an average of 12 PPG. Justin Champagnie is playing well and earned the double-double with 17 points and 10 boards on Wednesday. The freshman guard has compiled an average of 11.4 PPG and 6.9 RPG.
The Panthers are placed 77th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are an even 2-2 on the road. Pittsburgh is not a high-scoring team, and they are averaging 66.7 points, ranking them 299th n the country. They are holding opponents to 61.7 points, good for 30th in all of DI.
Orange Remain Hot with Win Against Notre Dame
The Syracuse Orange are establishing themselves as a big threat in the ACC. It did not look good early as they opened ACC with an 0-3 record, but have since compiled four consecutive wins to improve to 4-3 in conference play. They defeated a ranked Virginia team to start their winning streak and filed an 84-82 road win against Notre Dame on Wednesday in a matchup that had the Orange as four-point dogs.
Elijah Hughes continues to excel. The junior forward collected 26 points along with seven boards in Wednesday’s victory. Hughes has now eclipsed the 20 point mark seven times this season, and he features an average of 19.7 PPG and 5.2 RPG. Buddy Boeheim is proving to be one of the best offensive threats on the Orange. The sophomore guard has netted at least 22 points in two out of his last three games and he is up to 15.9 PPG on 41% shooting. Joseph Girard III has tallied at least 12 points in five out of his last six games. The freshman guard is currently posting 12.2 PPG.
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The Orange are ranked 51st in all of DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature an 8-4 home record. Syracuse is scoring an average of 73.6 points on the season, placing them 122nd overall. They are conceding an average of 66.3 points, good for 105th in the country.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Syracuse Orange are:
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games overall.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite between 0.5 and 6.5 points.