Syracuse has made the Sweet 16 four times in the past decade and it’s always been a sour experience for Orange backers.
They are 0-4 ATS in those four games, one of the worst marks in college basketball at this stage of the bracket. And they face an upset-minded No. 4 seed in the East Region tonight in Wisconsin.
But that sour Sweet 16 trend isn’t the only historical problem faced by Syracuse.
"They are 8-1 straight up in their past nine, but just 2-7 ATS in those games," said Mark Presley of OddsShark.com. "They are also a money-losing 2-7 ATS in their past 9 games as chalk."
The Badgers, meanwhile, are 3-1 ATS in their past four games as an underdog and they sit as 3.5-point pups here today. The betting action sits slightly in favor of Wisconsin at about 54 percent, according to the March Madness consensus data at OddsShark.com.
Predicted Score: 77-74 Syracuse
ATS Pick: Wisconsin +3.5
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Syracuse's No. 39-ranked offense, averaging 74.5 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 1 at 52.9 PPG. The Orange field goal percentage has averaged 46.6 percent so far, more than the Badgers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.5 percent per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Wisconsin owns the country's No. 7-rated mark, allowing 57.6 points per game on the highway. Syracuse, on the other hand, rates No. 89 in scoring at home.
Wisconsin was a 60-57 winner in their most recent outing against Vanderbilt. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Badgers got 14 points from Jordan Taylor as Wisconsin ran past Vanderbilt 60-57 on Saturday at The Pit.
Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 75-59 winner as they battled Kansas State. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Syracuse got 18 points from Dion Waiters en route to a 75-59 victory over Kansas State on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.