Saturday’s lineup of college hoops is highlighted by two great matchups featuring the top two ranked teams in the country. In one, No. 2 ranked Syracuse hosts No. 6 ranked Duke, while in the other No. 1 ranked Arizona visits a tough California team.
Syracuse is 20-0 SU and 13-3 ATS this season and has gone 6-0 against the number in his past six games. They will face a Duke team that is 17-4 SU and 13-8 ATS. Duke also has cashed tickets as they have covered in their past 4 games during a 5-0 SU run.
Duke is shooting over 41% from 3-point territory and has 194 treys on the season, which is sixth in the nation. The Blue Devils love an up-tempo game and average over 81 points per game.
Duke has not played since Monday, giving them ample opportunity to practice against the formidable zone defense of Syracuse.
The Orange is holding opponents to just 58 points a game on 41 % shooting overall.
The defense for Duke is no slouch, over the past five games, the defense has held its opponents to 42% shooting while forcing over 13 turnovers each game.
Jim Boeheim the Syracuse head coach said that Duke is currently playing as good as or better than any other ACC team.
The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the past 8 Syracuse games. The Orange has gone 6-1-1 over its past eight games at home.
Duke has a record of 7-3 against the number over its past 10 games versus teams with a winning percentage higher than .600.
Bovada currently has Syracuse listed as the favorite by 2.5 points.
Pick: Duke 72-69
The Arizona Wildcats are tops in the nation at 21-0 SU and 13-7 ATS. They have gone 0-3 ATS over their past three games. Tonight they face a tough California team that is 14-7 SU and 10-10 against the number.
Sportsbooks like topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com have Arizona favored by 4.5 points.
Arizona has struggled against the Golden Bears of California. Last season Arizona lost at home 77-69 to California and is 1-3-1 ATS over the past five games versus California.
On Wednesday, Arizona showed why it is number one in the nation holding the Stanford Cardinal to just a single field goal in its last 16 possession to earn a big 60-57 victory.
Arizona however was just 18 of 29 from the free throw line. Stanford also outrebounded the Wildcats.
While Arizona has played well of late, Cal is 0-3 SU as well as 0-3 ATS over its past three games including a loss at home 89-78 in overtime to Arizona State. Cal is now 10-1 SU at home this season.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS over their last six games on the road and 14-5 against the number in their past 19 games against a team with a winning percentage above .500.
Cal has a record of 11-5 ATS over its past 16 games versus teams that have a winning percentage higher than .600.
The underdog has a record of 3-0-1 ATS over the past four games between the two schools.
Pick: Arizona 73-65