The Michigan Wolverines and Syracuse Orange are both playing at a high level in the NCAA Tournament, but one of them owns a distinct advantage over the other in terms of the coaching department.
Let’s take a closer look at the College basketball odds
for this Final Four matchup, with Saturday’s opening tip scheduled for 8:49
p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome on CBS.
Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.
Syracuse has definitely turned its season around since
the start of the Big East Championship, as it has won seven of eight games in
that span, with its 2-3 zone being the main story of its success.
The Orange earned a 55-39 victory over the Marquette Golden
Eagles as 4.5-point neutral-site favorites in the Sweet 16, while going well
UNDER the posted total of 126.5.
Peaking at the right time
Michigan has won and covered the spread in all four of
its games during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, which includes a dominating 79-59
victory over the Florida Gators as four-point neutral-site underdogs Sunday,
while going OVER the posted total of 134.5.
The Wolverines are outscoring opponents by an average
margin of 15.5 points during the Big Dance, as their offense has scored 71 or
more points in each contest.
Quite an edge
College basketball handicappers need to be careful in
blindly laying the points in this spot, as Jim Boeheim has won all nine
all-time meetings with John Beilein on the sidelines.
Boeheim has cranked up Syracuse’s 2-3 zone to an entirely
different level during the tournament, as it prepares to face one of the Big
Ten Conference’s top offenses—but it easily handled Indiana in the Sweet 16.
Perfect versus non-conference opponents
All seven of Michigan’s losses this season have come
against Big Ten foes, which can’t be ignored when making your sports picks, considering it has an unblemished record versus non-conference
The Wolverines are the lone representative to make the
Final Four from a conference that many felt was the absolute best during the
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orange as
one of their NCAA Basketball picks Saturday, as the Wolverines have struggled
as single-digit favorites against some of the best defenses in the country this
It’s also very hard to ignore Boeheim’s 2-0 SUATS mark in
the Final Four since 1991.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Syracuse Orange +2.5 at Pinnacle