From Dayton Ohio – the first four play-in games are played, and the final game on Wednesday is the Arizona State Sun Devils taking on the Syracuse Orange. Both are #11 seeds in the tournament, and both were one of the final two teams into the field of 68. The winner of this game will take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the first round on Friday. Syracuse comes into the game with a 20-13 record this season, and finished 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Arizona State Sun Devils started red hot this season, and then slowed down quite a bit. The Sun Devils are 20-11 on the season, and they finished 8th in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils are coming off a conference tournament loss to Colorado.on. The Arizona State Sun Devils are -1 over the Syracuse Orange in play-in game action on Wednesday.
Arizona State Looking to Get Back on Track
The Arizona State Sun Devils started the season with 13 straight wins. Then – Pac-12 play started, and the Sun Devils struggled big time. Arizona State won just 8 out of 18 games in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils are coming off losses in 5 out of their last 6 games, with their lone win during that time coming at home over the California Bears.
The Sun Devils are scoring more than 83 points per game. The defense has been a struggle, as they are allowing teams to score 75.3 points per game. Tra Holder has been the top scorer this season for Arizona State with 18.4 points per game. He is one of four players for the Sun Devils scoring double digits per game. The Sun Devils are seeking their 14th NCAA Tournament win in school history.
Orange Looking Show They Belong
Jim Boeheim is back in the NCAA Tournament. Boeheim was the head coach for many of the Orange 38 tournament trips, including their title back in 2003. The Orange have been to the Final Four 6 times, with 65 tournament wins. This season, the Orange beat Wake Forest in the conference tournament, and then were bounced by 19 by the North Carolina Tar Heels. They scored just 59 points in that game.
The Orange are scoring just 67.5 points per game this season, which is 309th in the nation. The Orange are not great at passing the basketball this season as well, as they are dishing out just 11 assists per game. Syracuse has three guys scoring double digits per game with Tyus Battle ,Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett leading the way
Arizona State Wins
The Arizona State have the best offensive player on the court in Tra Holder. If the Sun Devils can make shots, they will be in good shape. Syracuse will stick with their zone, and the Sun Devils have to take advantage of it. Look for Arizona State to score points late to win and cover this spread. The final bet for Wednesday is the Arizona State Sun Devils -1 over the Syracuse Orange in Dayton. Bet on the Arizona State Sun Devils -1 over the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday.