Providence Friars vs. Syracuse Orange
Tip-off: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Not many online sports betting fans believe it’s likely that the Providence Friars can threaten the Syracuse Orange‘s extravagant home win streak, however with Providence on their biggest roll since 2004, they may be a much difficult task than expected.
The eighth-ranked Syracuse team will try to further the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 38 games tonight against the Friars, a team that has won four in a row in Big East play for the first time since 2004 — the last time it reached the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse (21-4, 9-3) comes back home after ending a three-game road skid with a 76-65 victory against the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday. The team hopes their recent road shooting — 36.0 percent in the last four games — doesn’t continue at Carrier Dome, where they’re hitting 47.0 percent of their shots.
YouWager line movers believe Brandon Triche can bring a lot of confidence with him after scoring a career-high 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting Saturday. Triche had toruble in a 66-58 defeat against the Connecticut Huskies last Wednesday when he was 3 of 15 from the field.
Triche will need to work hard against Providence (14-11, 6-7) after going 2 of 10 for four points in a 72-66 victory at Friars’ turf on Jan. 9.
Providence hasn’t knocked off a ranked team away from home in 26 tries since a 66-56 win over the Huskies on Jan. 24, 2004, but it has rejuvenated its season with a sharpened defense during its four-game winning streak.
This college basketball team is limiting rivals to an average of 55.5 points on 37.1 percent shooting over that run, and two of the victories came against ranked teams. They beat then-No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats 54-50 on Feb. 6 and then-No. 21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 71-54 on Saturday.
The Orange’s forward C.J. Fair had 23 points and 11 rebounds in last month’s meeting, while Bryce Cotton scored a game-high 24 on 7-of-10 shooting.
Syracuse has won six straight and 13 of 15 in the series, and the Friars have dropped five in a row at New York.