It will be a battle between ACC opponents when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-6, 2-4 ACC) welcome the Syracuse Orange (11-7, 4-3 ACC) to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish ATS Prediction
The Orange will be looking for a similar result after just getting past the Virginia Tech Hokies in their last matchup, 71-69. Syracuse’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Virginia Tech. The Orange had a rate of 5.8 (better than their season average of 15.8), while the Hokies posted a mark of 10.1. Marek Dolezaj played a key role for Syracuse with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
In the Fighting Irish’s last game, they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 78-74. The Fighting Irish had a turnover percentage of 9.8 (better than their season average of 12.4) and held the Yellow Jackets to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 27.6). With 10 points and 14 rebounds, John Mooney had a solid outing for Notre Dame.
Syracuse could have a difficult time creating turnovers. Notre Dame ranks first in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.1 percent), while Syracuse forces the 154th-most turnovers (20.1 percent).
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Mooney scored a game-high 28 points in the first matchup, in which the Fighting Irish topped the Orange 88-87. He also put up 14 rebounds. The Fighting Irish had a better turnover percentage (10.6 vs. 13.6) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (42.5 vs. 37.1).
Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Betting Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Syracuse, O/U – Under
Notre Dame averages 28.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 15th in the NCAA. Syracuse ranks 271st in three pointers allowed per game (29.8).
The Fighting Irish average 17.6 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the country. The Orange rank 247th in assists allowed per game (16.8).
Notre Dame averages 39.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 32nd in the country. Syracuse ranks 188th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
The Fighting Irish rank 32nd in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Orange rank 89th (6.2).
Syracuse ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Notre Dame ranks 74th (3.1).
The Orange’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, down from 7.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Fighting Irish have scored an average of 76.0 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (5.3 above their season average).