Marquette Golden Eagles versus Syracuse Orange Pick Prediction NCAA Tournament College Basketball Odds Preview 3-30-2013

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Two Big East schools will meet in the NCAA Tournament East Region Final when the 29-9 Syracuse Orange will face the 26-8 Marquette Golden Eagles in a college basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Tip off time from Verizon Center in Washington D.C. is scheduled for 4:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.

The current NCAA Tournament odds from this game has the Syracuse Orange favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 127 ½ points.

These two Big East schools met back on February 25th with Marquette posting the 74-71 home victory as a +1 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 130 ½ points

Syracuse entered the NCAA Tournament in the second round with a 47 points win against the Montana Grizzlies as a -13 point betting favorite. The next opponent was the California Golden Bears from the PAC 12 where the Orange posted a 66-60 victory as a -7 ½ point favorite. Syracuse is coming off the Sweet 16 61-50 victory against the top seeded Indiana Hoosiers as a +5 point underdog. The game finished under 135 ½ points. The Orange jumped out to the 34-22 lead at the half. They shot 43.8% from the floor and connected on 4 of 10 from the three point line. Syracuse limited Indiana to 34% from the field and 3 of 15 three pointers. The Orange forced 17 Hoosiers turnovers. Michael Carter Williams led Syracuse with 24 points and six rebounds as he made 9 of his 19 shots. Syracuse is an outstanding defensive team as they rank in the top four of college basketball in defensive field goal and three point shooting. They allow 37.2% shooting and 28.7 from three point distance to their opponents.

Marquette’s first two games in the NCAA Tournament resulted in a one point victory as a -3 ½ point favorite against the Davidson Wildcats and by two points as a -2 point betting favorite against the Butler Bulldogs. In a Sweet Sixteen match up the Golden Eagles post the 71-61 victory against the Miami Hurricanes as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 127 points. Marquette got going early as they post the 29-16 lead at the half. They enjoyed a 54% shooting game and made 3 of 6 from three. The Golden Eagles held the Hurricanes to just 34.9% from the floor and 8 of 26 three pointers. Jamil Wilson led Marquette with 26 points and eight boards as he made 5 of his 9 shots. The Golden Eagles shoots the ball very well as they rank in the upper third of college basketball by making 46.3% from the field.


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