NCAA Play-In: Syracuse Orange vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

In the Play-in game on Wednesday night from Dayton Ohio – the Syracuse Orange are taking on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The winner of this game will take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the first round of the tournament. Syracuse is 20-13 on the season. The Orange finished 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season standings.

The Arizona State Sun Devils come into the game with a 20-11 record on the season. The Sun Devils started the season 13-0 and then dropped 11 out of their final 18 games. The Sun Devils finished in a tie with Colorado in the Pac-12 standings and lost in the conference tournament to the Buffaloes. Arizona State is -1.5 over Syracuse on Wednesday night.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in school history. The Sun Devils are 13-15 in their history in the tournament, but have never been to the NCAA Final Four. Arizona State scored more than 83 points per game, which ranked inside the Top 15 in the country. The top scorer for Arizona State was Tra Holder with 18.4 per game.

Shannon Evans II was second on the team, as they had four guys scoring double digits per game. Kodi Justice and Romello White were the other two guys. The Sun Devils lost 5 out of their final 6 games on the season.

Boeheim Brings the Zone

The Syracuse Orange, led by head coach Jim Boeheim are going to bring their zone defense into this game. The defense this season was solid most of the season, as they allowed teams to score 64.5 points per game. Offensively, the Orange were less than stellar. Syracuse scored just 67.5 points per game.

Syracuse was led in scoring by Tyus Battle, with 19.8 points per game. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett were the other two Orange players to average double digits per game. The Orange are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 39th time in school history, and won 65 games. The Orange have been to the Final Four six times.

Orange and Sun Devils Compete in Great Game

This should be a great basketball game, with a ton of exciting plays. In the end though – the Arizona State Sun Devils are going to grab this one. The Sun Devils showed how high their ceiling was earlier in the season with wins over Kansas and Xavier. Syracuse has been pretty average most of the season. The better team, and the better athletes are with Arizona State. Bet the Sun Devils over the Orange on Wednesday.

  • Bet the Arizona State Sun Devils -1.5
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