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CBB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/21/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore
BAYLOR
 
SYRACUSE
+2  

-2  
+105

-125

129.5
 
78
Final
69

BAYLOR (19 - 13) vs. SYRACUSE (20 - 13)
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Thursday, 3/21/2019 9:57 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - Vivint Smart Home - Salt Lake City, UT
Board OpenLatest
787BAYLOR135130
788SYRACUSE-1.5-1.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
BAYLOR - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-13+5.317-1316-1571.733.044.0%38.067.231.842.2%31.7
Road Games6-8+3.29-58-570.131.643.9%37.671.435.042.2%31.6
Last 5 Games1-4-6.52-33-268.830.440.2%40.475.434.645.9%33.6
BAYLOR Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)71.733.025-5844.0%8-2334.0%13-1967.4%381214196135
vs opponents surrendering69.232.524-5742.7%7-2233.5%13-1870.0%35913186143
Team Stats (Road Games)70.131.625-5643.9%7-2331.6%13-2068.0%381112216153
Stats Against (All Games)67.231.823-5542.2%7-2134.1%14-2068.0%32913186124
vs opponents averaging72.234.126-5844.4%8-2234.5%13-1970.1%35914177134
Stats Against (Road Games)71.435.023-5642.2%7-2234.5%17-2568.8%32813186114

SYRACUSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-13-7.619-1414-1969.733.142.4%34.865.730.539.8%37.1
Road Games7-7-1.89-58-671.433.543.4%32.472.434.941.0%37.9
Last 5 Games2-303-23-266.432.243.4%31.668.631.241.4%37.4
SYRACUSE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)69.733.124-5642.4%8-2433.0%14-2168.1%35912178125
vs opponents surrendering68.932.224-5842.0%7-2332.6%13-1871.1%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)71.433.525-5743.4%9-2535.3%13-1968.7%32911208133
Stats Against (All Games)65.730.522-5539.8%8-2632.3%14-1972.1%371015187163
vs opponents averaging73.634.426-5844.3%8-2334.0%14-2071.8%37914176134
Stats Against (Road Games)72.434.922-5541.0%8-2533.1%19-2477.6%381116187154
Average power rating of opponents played: BAYLOR 82.2,  SYRACUSE 81.1
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
BAYLOR - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
2/2/2019TCU90-64W-5W139O35-6355.6%401024-5742.1%269
2/6/2019@ TEXAS72-84L2.5L134O28-5749.1%291427-4955.1%299
2/9/2019KANSAS ST63-70L2L125.5O25-5644.6%321323-5740.4%3311
2/11/2019OKLAHOMA59-53W-6T138.5U21-5438.9%341021-5438.9%3310
2/16/2019@ TEXAS TECH61-86L9L126O17-4934.7%341922-5440.7%309
2/19/2019@ IOWA ST73-69W10W142P29-6743.3%44926-6043.3%285
2/23/2019W VIRGINIA82-75W-12L136.5O24-5345.3%371023-5442.6%3311
2/27/2019TEXAS84-83W-4.5L135O26-6241.9%421131-6250.0%2913
3/2/2019@ KANSAS ST60-66L6.5W127U21-4447.7%371921-4744.7%2710
3/6/2019OKLAHOMA ST64-67L-9L136U21-6035.0%451025-6439.1%396
3/9/2019@ KANSAS70-78L8.5W140O24-6735.8%431326-5944.1%4312
3/14/2019*IOWA ST66-83L2.5L143.5O25-5843.1%351430-5851.7%308
3/21/2019*SYRACUSE              

SYRACUSE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
1/30/2019@ BOSTON COLLEGE77-71W-3W140O29-5255.8%261221-4546.7%2514
2/2/2019@ PITTSBURGH65-56W-3.5W136U22-5341.5%351018-5731.6%3911
2/5/2019FLORIDA ST62-80L-3L136O21-5141.2%281930-5554.5%3321
2/9/2019BOSTON COLLEGE67-56W-10.5W138U22-5242.3%341318-5433.3%3718
2/13/2019@ NC STATE58-73L3L143.5U21-6035.0%311224-4949.0%4220
2/20/2019LOUISVILLE69-49W-2W131.5U22-5738.6%391214-5425.9%3613
2/23/2019DUKE65-75L5L144U24-7034.3%40726-5944.1%4413
2/26/2019@ N CAROLINA85-93L11W147.5O29-6048.3%251025-6240.3%469
3/2/2019@ WAKE FOREST79-54W-8W136.5U31-5754.4%321417-5232.7%3523
3/4/2019VIRGINIA53-79L6L121O19-5733.3%331028-5154.9%3511
3/9/2019@ CLEMSON55-67L4.5L126U18-4837.5%301819-5633.9%4515
3/13/2019*PITTSBURGH73-59W-5.5W126O23-5343.4%361318-5532.7%3414
3/14/2019*DUKE72-84L13.5W145O25-5248.1%271729-5453.7%3818
3/21/2019*BAYLOR              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
BAYLOR: Last season: 19-15, lost in second round of NIT.
Nickname: Bears.
Coach: Scott Drew.
Conference: Big 12.
Who's gone: Point guard Manu Lecomte, forwards Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Terry Maston and Nuni Omot.
Who's back: Senior guard King McClure (8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), sophomore forward Tristan Clark (6.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg), sophomore guard/forward Mark Vital (6.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Who's new: Mario Kegler is a 6-7 transfer from Mississippi State, where he started 31 games as a freshman in 2016-17. Guard Makai Mason is the first graduate transfer ever at Baylor, the team he scored 31 points against in the 2016 NCAA Tournament while with Yale. Matthew Mayer is a 6-9 freshman shooter from Austin Westlake who can cause matchup problems with his size. Jared Butler is a top recruit who originally chose Alabama but was given his release and joined Baylor in August.
The Skinny: Drew goes into his 16th season at Baylor with nine newcomers on the roster, and only three lettermen from last season available to play. The top four scorers from last season are gone.
Expectations: Las Vegas oddsmakers have Baylor as a long shot to win the NCAA Tournament at 120-1, the same as Big 12 rival TCU, but well below five other conference foes, including league favorites Kansas at 17-2 and West Virginia at 30-1.
SYRACUSE: Last season: 23-14, lost in the Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Orange
Coach: Jim Boeheim, 43rd season
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Who's gone: F Matthew Moyer transferred after his redshirt freshman year and graduate transfer G Geno Thorpe left the team after six games.
Who's back: G Tyus Battle, the team's leading scorer last season (19.2), decided to return for his junior year after testing his NBA chances. He'll be joined by sophomore F Oshae Brissett, who's coming off an impressive freshman season (14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 38 minutes), senior G Frank Howard (14.4 points, 4.7 assists), sophomore F Marek Dolezaj (5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds), and C Paschal Chukwu (5.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 91 blocks). Also returning are: G Howard Washington, who's recovering from a torn ACL; F Bourama Sidibe, who had offseason surgery for tendinitis; and G/F Elijah Hughes, who had to sit last year after transferring from East Carolina.
Who's new: Boeheim welcomes a class that includes G Jalen Carey, F Robert Braswell, and Boeheim's youngest son, Buddy, a 6-foot-5 point guard who will wear No. 35, the same number his dad wore when he played for the Orange in the 1960s.
The Skinny: Last year Syracuse was picked in the preseason to finish 10th and pretty much lived up to the low expectations as injuries plagued a team that finished 8-10 in the ACC. But unlike the year before when Syracuse was the top seed in the NIT, meaning the Orange were the last team out of the NCAA Tournament, they managed to squeak in last March as the last team in and won three games to reach the Sweet 16, stunning Arizona State, TCU and Michigan State in low-scoring games before losing to Duke by just 4 points. This year's team is ranked 16th in the preseason poll, has the personnel to vie for a top spot in the ACC and, for a change, easily secure an NCAA Tournament bid.
Expectations: Las Vegas oddsmakers have Syracuse a long shot to win the NCAA Tournament, on par with Purdue and well behind ACC rival Duke and Kentucky, the top two favorites. ___
PREVIEW
Slow Zone: Grinding pace brings intrigue to Baylor-Syracuse matchup
 

Syracuse isn't riding a wave of momentum into the NCAA Tournament, but its recent history says that's no big deal.

The Orange snuck into the NCAAs last season after losing four of their last six games ... and then they won a First Four game and two more before narrowly losing to Duke in the Sweet 16.

Three years ago, Syracuse staggered in as a No. 10 seed after losing five of six. The Orange then ripped off four consecutive victories in a thrilling ride to the Final Four, where they were stopped by North Carolina.

So, it's nothing new that Syracuse is limping into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed in the West Region, where they will play No. 9 Baylor in Salt Lake City on Thursday night.

"I think we're in better position than we were last year in terms of how we're playing," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "But it's a tough road. We'll see what happens."

Syracuse (20-13) has two victories in the past seven games.

Baylor (19-13) is also hoping that pre-tournament momentum means nothing. The Bears have lost four consecutive games.

"I don't necessarily think we've been playing terrible," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "I think in each game, there's been areas where we didn't do enough to win, but there's no sense of falling apart."

That Baylor is in the NCAA Tournament at all is impressive.

The Bears were picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll, lost standout sophomore forward Tristan Clark to a season-ending knee injury Jan. 8, and then navigated injuries to senior guards Makai Mason (foot) and King McClure (knee), who each missed several games.

"They really maximized their ability as far as playing for one another and really bought into serving one another and caring more about the team than themselves," Drew said of his players.

"Individually, talent-wise, people had us picked ninth or 10th for a reason. I really think the guys competed hard. As a coach, you always can hang your hat and go to bed at night knowing that as long as a guy's played hard, that's half the battle."

Mason, a grad transfer from Yale, averages a team-high 14.6 points per game.

The Bears are not tall, mostly going with a lineup in which no player is taller than 6-foot-8, but they are tough and rugged and gang rebound with passion. Baylor has a plus-6.3 rebounding margin.

Mark Vital, at 6-5, 230 pounds, averages 7.2 rebounds per game, with nearly as many offensive boards as defensive.

Drew's zone defense has been a foundation of Baylor's success in recent years, although he will switch to a man-to-man to create different looks. Both sides in this matchup should be content with a slow-paced grind, with Baylor having to solve Boeheim's celebrated zone that is holding foes to 39.7 percent shooting this season.

Junior guard Tyus Battle leads Syracuse with 17.2 points per game, but he missed the past two games because of a bruised hip. He practiced Sunday and is expected to be close to 100 percent Thursday.

Junior forward Elijah Hughes, in his first season of eligibility at Syracuse, is averaging 13.4 points. Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett averages 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Maybe another NCAA run is coming.

"We've got some tournament experience," Boeheim said. "Those guys are all back that have experience, and our younger guys have had some opportunities to get better."

--Field Level Media


Last Updated: 9/19/2019 10:44:22 PM EST


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