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Syracuse Orange vs. Indiana Hoosiers – Sweet 16 Round

When: 9:45pm ET. Thursday, March 28th 2013
Where: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The #1 Indiana Hoosiers 29-6 (14-4 Big Ten) and #4 Syracuse Orange 28-9 (11-7 Big East) will be a great game between one of the consensus #1 teams in the nation this year and a team that wasn’t garnering much respect heading into the tournament. Lets look at the latest Syracuse vs. Indiana betting lines.

Latest Syracuse vs. Indiana Betting Odds

So far, the Indiana money line has gotten about 70% of the action, so anyone who likes -235 should jump on them now. If you like Syracuse, it would be smart to wait until we get closer to game time. Indiana is favored by -5.5 at most online/mobile bookies right now, and we’ll likely see that go to -6 or -6.5 before tipoff.

Below are the best betting lines for this game, based on the time this article is being written. To view the latest odds or place a bet, click on the Bovada or JustBet links below.

How These Teams Made it to the Sweet Sixteen

Indiana opened up the tournament with an 83-62 win over James Madison with 5 players scoring in double digits. Indiana played the Temple Owls in the 3rd round and came away with a 58-52 win after outscoring the Owls 32-23 in the 2nd half of the game.

Syracuse won their opening game against Montana 81-34 in the most lopsided win of the tournament thus far. The Orange were also able to beat California 66-60 despite not scoring from the field for over 12 minutes and shooting just 39.1% from the field.

Syracuse Orange vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Analysis

Both teams played very tough schedules this year and on paper rank up fairly evenly against each other. However, one distinct edge that Indiana has over Syracuse is in points scored. Indiana averages 80 PPG (3rd) while Syracuse averages 71.3 PPG (80th).

Indiana is one of the most efficient offenses in the nation this year. The Hoosiers ranked 2nd in offensive efficiency (1.143) while the Orange ranked 51st (1.049). Indiana shoots 48.6% from the field (7th) while Syracuse only shoots 44% (128th) from the field.

Syracuse has a small edge in steals (9.0 SPG vs. 7.1 SPG) and rebounds (38.7 RPG vs. 38.4 RPG). One area where Syracuse has a considerable edge is in blocks (6.1 BPG vs. 3.7 BPG) and that should hold true in this game due to their height advantage.

On the defensive side of the basketball Syracuse has an edge and you can make a case that their defense will keep them in this game against the Hoosiers high-powered offense. Syracuse allows 59.4 PPG (28th) and ranks 7th in defensive efficiency (0.872).

Players to Watch

Yogi Ferrell was a surprise for Indiana against James Madison, as he led the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Will Sheehey has also been a nice contributor off the bench for Indiana, as he has scored 15 pts in the 2nd round and 10 pts in the 3rd round.

These two players are important to the high-powered Hoosiers offense, but Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo make this Indiana team operate efficiently. Zeller has had 26 points and 10 rebounds while Oladipo has had 27 pts and 14 rebounds in two games.

Zeller and Oladipo need to get open in the paint and make their shots count against this tall and stingy defense. Making an extra pass wouldn’t hurt and keeping this Syracuse team moving on the defensive end is important for the Hoosiers.

Brandon Triche lit it up against James Madison, as he was 5-6 from the field and 2-2 beyond the arc for 20 pts, but he was held to just 8 pts in the R3 match-up. Triche needs to be a scoring threat for the Orange to keep this game close against Indiana.

C.J. Fair is a consistent leader on this team. He led the Orange with 14.4 PPG and 7.1 RPG this season. In the opening two games of the tournament Fair has scored 31 pts and grabbed 9 rebounds. I think he’ll need 20+ pts for the Orange to have a shot to win.

Syracuse vs. Indiana Sweet Sixteen Predictions

At the end of the day Indiana’s offense is too high-powered for the Orange to keep up on the scoreboard. Syracuse’s defense is strong enough to keep them in the game for the 1st 25-30 minutes, but I expect them to fade down the stretch like Temple did.

Syracuse does pose match-up problems due to their height advantage, but Indiana is very talented and can get points from a lot of scorers, as they proved in their opening game when five players scored double digits for the Hoosiers.

I’m also betting on the U135.5 points in this match-up because of the Orange tough defense. Syracuse will also struggle to score on this Hoosiers defense that can get up and down the court quickly and contests shots very well.

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