Syracuse Orange vs. Kansas St. Wildcats
The Syracuse Orange and the Kansas State Wildcats face off for a round two NCAA Tournament match up with a trip to the sweet 16 going to the winner. The Orange are -5.5 point favorites over the Wildcats with an over/under point total set at 134.5.
The Syracuse Orange looked like one of the clear favorites to win the NCAA Tournament this season but with the suspension of Fab Melo confidence in Jim Boeheim’s ability to win it all is waning. Syracuse did nothing in round one to make the public more confident in their ability to overcome Melo’s suspension as they struggled against UNC-Ashville before getting a seven point win, a number that was padded by some controversy and the usual end of the game fouling. The Orange shot 44.6 percent from the floor and 70.8 percent of the line and while Melo’s presence was clearly missing defensively what really hurt them was their 5 for 23 shooting from beyond the three point arc. Kris Joseph had 12 points and eight rebounds, Scoop Jardine had 11 points and seven assists, James Southland 15 points and eight rebounds, and Dion Waiters had 12 points. Syracuse has a lot of doubters now but they also still have plenty of talent on the roster to prove them wrong.
The Kansas State Wildcats came into the 2012 NCAA Tournament after finishing in fifth place in the 10 team Big 12 so the expectations of Frank Martin’s team were somewhat modest they took care of business against a game Southern Miss team in round one. K-State hit 50 percent of their shots from the floor and hit 76.5 percent of their free throws making 26 of their 34 attempts but were just 2 of 12 from beyond the three point line. Rodney McGruder had 30 points, Jordan Henriguez Roberts had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Angel Rodriguez had 13 points and four assists. The Wildcats have a big opportunity here and they will need to come out and play at the top of their game to take advantage of it.
Syracuse is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games against the Big 12, 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four neutral site games. Kansas State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 1-4 against the spread against the in their last five against the Big East, and 3-10 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total for this one is set at 134.5 but look for defense to rule the day here and for this one to come in under the number.