What year is it?
No.11 Syracuse meets No.2 Houston for the first time since 1982 in the Midwestern region semi-finals on Saturday. The tip-off is scheduled for 9:55 p.m. at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be televised on TBS.
The Oranges (18-9) are back in a regional semi-final as a double-digit seed for the third time in six seasons. Jim Boeheim, 76, will try to guide Syracuse to his sixth Final Four appearance during his tenure.
It’s a tough test against Houston (26-3), who is trying to reach Elite Eight for the first time since Phi Slama Jama’s heyday of 1982-84. Kelvin Sampson is back in Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.
The Cougars defeated the Orange 92-87 in that game on December 11, 1982. It took a long time for Boeheim to get this rematch. With that in mind, here’s a look at the clash between the Orange and the Cougars:
Syracuse vs Houston odds
- Spread: Houston -6
- More under: 140
- Moneyline: Houston –260, Syracuse +215
Three betting trends to watch out for
– Houston is 18-9 ATS as a favorite this season. The Cougars are 9-0 S / U in non-conference games this season.
– The Cougars are 6-3 CÉP on a nine-game winning streak, but have failed to cover in their last four games with single-digit gaps.
– Syracuse is 5-6 ATS as a loser this season, but the Oranges are 6-0 ATS in their last six games. Syracuse is also 10-2 ATS in NCAA tournament games since 2015.
Key players in Syracuse
Buddy Boeheim leads the Orange with 18 points per game, but the junior guard has taken his game to the next level in the playoffs. Quincy Guerrier (13.9 ppg.), Alan Griffin (13.7 ppg.) And Marek Dolezaj (10.0 ppg.) Are also averaging double digits for the Orange.
Houston key players
Junior guard Quentin Grimes is a jack of all trades for the Cougars. He averages 18.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Goalkeeper Marcus Sasser adds 13.3 points per game, and senior Dejon Jarreau adds 10.9 points per game. and 5.3 rpg. Houston are a solid perimeter team, but the attack goes through Grimes.
Best Individual Match: Boeheim vs Grimes
Who else would it be? Boeheim has become one of the hottest players in the playoffs. In Syracuse’s last four games, Boeheim is averaging 28.3 points per game and shooting 24 of 43 (55.8%) at 3 points. He won’t keep Grimes face to face in the match-up area, but they will have to match. Grimes averaged 19.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in the Houston playoffs. Both teams will rely heavily on their star players in this game.
Syracuse vs Houston stats you should know
Syracuse’s defense brings the teams into a 3-point contest, and it works. Consider the Orange to be 6-4 when opposing teams make 10 threes in a game, which includes the second round victory over West Virginia. Houston scores 9.2 3 points per game. The Oranges, meanwhile, are 9-2 when they score 10 points or more at 3 points. If Boeheim stays warm, Syracuse will stand a chance.
Get to Know … Justin Gorham
The 6-7 senior forward will be a key player against the Syracuse game zone. He’s been in 12 games with double-digit rebounds this season, and the Cougars were 11-1 in those games. He averages just three tables in Houston’s first two tournament wins. If Gorham is successful on the glass on both sides and can neutralize Dolezaj, then the Cougars will be in good shape.
Prediction Syracuse vs. Houston
San Diego and West Virginia shot 22 of 66 3-pointers against Syracuse last weekend. While that’s the goal, Houston is also playing good defense. The Cougars allow just 57.9 points per game. This suggests that it will be a brawl where both teams rely on their 3-point shot. Boeheim will keep Syracuse, but Houston will do just enough offensively to slip into the Elite Eight with a Final Four shot.
Final score: Houston 64, Syracuse 60