College Basketball Pick Syracuse at Pittsburgh 1-17-11

January 17, 2011

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#4 Syracuse Orange at #5 Pittsburgh Panthers

Monday January 17, 2011 7:30 PM EST

Line: Pittsburgh -5

Syracuse remains undefeated on this young season coming into this huge Big East matchup. They are only 2-0 on the road however, and are 2-0 vs ranked opponents. This is their first road test vs a ranked opponent. They beat their previous 2 ranked opponents by 12 points or more. Pittsburgh only has one loss on the season, and it came at the hands of #13 Tennessee. They are 12-0 at home and carry a 3-1 record vs ranked opponents.

Stats to consider:

Syracuse Orange:

  • Syracuse is 18-0 with a 5-0 Big East record.
  • Points per game: 75.5 (56th)
  • Field Goal PCT: .487 (16th)
  • Rebounds per game: 39.3 (36th)
  • Assists per game: 17.1 (16th)

Pittsburgh Panthers:

  • Pittsburgh is 17-1 with a 5-0 Big East record.
  • Points per game: 80.3 (17th)
  • Field Goal PCT: 485 (20th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.7 (2nd)
  • Assists per game: 20.1 (1st)

What to watch for:

  • Syracuse Junior F Kris Joseph leads the team with 14.6 PPG and is 2nd with 5.2 RPG.
  • Syracuse Junior G Scoop Jardine is 2nd with 13.7 PPG and leads the team wtih 6.1 APG.
  • Pittsburgh Junior G Ashton Gibbs leads the team with 16.3 PPG and is shooting .446% from 3.
  • Pittsburgh Senior C Gary McGhee leads the team with 7.4 RPG and also has 7.2 PPG.

This is the toughest sports pick of the day. Both teams have played great so far this year. Syracuse still has yet to lose a game this season and has beaten the ranked teams by 12 or more points. They have only planned 2 road games which could be a worry. Pittsburgh has a 7 game winning streak following their only loss of the season. They have been


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