WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS (16-8, 7-5 in Big East)
at SYRACUSE ORANGE (20-6, 7-6 in Big East)
Tip-off: Monday, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Syracuse -5, Total: 133
After starting the season 18-0, Syracuse has lost six of its past eight games. The Orange look to get back on track when they host West Virginia on Monday night. Odds.
Syracuse dropped its second straight contest to a ranked team, falling at Louisville, 73-69, on Saturday. Brandon Triche (10.8 PPG) had 16 of his season-high 21 points in the second half, including four three-pointers, and has scored in double-figures in 13 of his past 17 games. After struggling in his previous two games (combined 4-of-14 for 12 points), Scoop Jardine (12.4 PPG, 6.0 APG) added 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting with four assists against the Cardinals. But leading scorer Kris Joseph (14.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 37.2% three-pointers) had just nine points on 2-of-5 shooting, while Rick Jackson (12.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG) had seven points and is a combined 4-for-10 in his past two games for 11 points. Four of the Orange’s six losses since Jan. 17 have come against ranked Big East teams, which includes setbacks at Pittsburgh (74-66), Villanova (83-72), Georgetown (64-56) and at Louisville. Their only win against a Top 25 team during that stretch was at Connecticut, 66-58, on Feb. 2.
West Virginia is 4-4 in its past eight games and is coming off an 82-71 victory over DePaul on Saturday, which snapped a two-game losing streak. After scoring 58.0 PPG in their previous six games, the Mountaineers had 82 points on 52.8% shooting (28-of-53) versus the Blue Demons. But they’ve struggled defensively in the past two contests, allowing 71 points in consecutive games after surrendering 55.0 PPG in the previous five. John Flowers (9.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, Big East-best 2.4 BPG) led a balanced attack with 15 points and five rebounds against DePaul, while leading scorer Casey Mitchell (15.0 PPG, 36.2% three-pointers) added 11 after scoring just seven points in the past two games combined. Kevin Jones (13.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds, but failed to score in double figures for the first time in four contests. The Mountaineers are 2-3 this season against teams that were ranked at the time they played them. WVU defeated Georgetown (65-59) and Purdue (68-64) and lost to Louisville (55-54), Villanova (66-50) and Pittsburgh (71-66). Scores .
Syracuse has dominated its series with West Virginia, winning 15 of the past 18 games (12-6 ATS). The Orange have won eight consecutive games at home versus the Mountaineers, and have not lost to them at the Carrier Dome since 1996. They lead the all-time series between the two schools, 32-16. Last season, Triche scored 16 points to lead the Orange to a 72-71 victory in Morgantown. These two FoxSheets trends also like Syracuse to win and cover the spread on Monday.
WEST VIRGINIA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) after 3 straight games committing 14 or less turnovers this season. The average score was WEST VIRGINIA 73.3, OPPONENT 65.1 – (Rating = 2*).
SYRACUSE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) versus teams who average 6 or less steals/game on the season after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was SYRACUSE 83.1, OPPONENT 69.6 – (Rating = 1*).
Eight of the past 11 games in this series have finished Under the total and this four-star FoxSheets coaching trend expects Monday’s game to be low-scoring as well. Las Vegas odds.
Bob Huggins is 19-4 UNDER (82.6%, +14.6 Units) versus good passing teams, averaging >=16 assists/game after 15+ games as the coach of WEST VIRGINIA. The average score was WEST VIRGINIA 65.6, OPPONENT 64.5 – (Rating = 4*).