Two teams that have struggled a bit out of the gates in Atlantic Coast Conference competition will collide this Tuesday night as Syracuse basketball welcomes long-time rival Pittsburgh to the Hill.
For the Orange (7-8, 1-3), it is mired in a three-game losing streak, although that trio of setbacks has come against solid competition and by a total of nine points. Last week, the ‘Cuse held a big lead at Miami but fell by one point, and the Orange had an eight-point edge at Wake Forest in the second half but ultimately lost by three points in overtime.
So after traveling all of last week, the ‘Cuse will be at home for three games, beginning with Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening. Following two close ACC losses by a combined four points of late, the Panthers (6-9, 1-3) got back into the victory column this past Saturday with a two-point triumph versus Boston College on their own turf.
In no way, shape or form do I think that the Orange is anywhere near the conversation for the Big Dance this spring, however, it will prove important for the ‘Cuse to hold serve in Central New York over the team’s next three league meetings to at least gain some confidence and momentum moving forward.
Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under
Please check out WynnBET for the latest odds and betting information on the Orange hosting Pittsburgh. As of Monday evening, the ‘Cuse was a sizable favorite, at 11.0 points, with the over/under set at 142.0 points.
Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh Tonight
While the Orange’s problems on defense are well-documented at this juncture in the 2021-22 stanza, its next foe has its own woes, but on the opposite end of the court. According to ESPN data, the Panthers only score 62.4 points a game while connecting on just 41.4 percent from the field.
However, Pittsburgh, historically known as a physical, defensive-minded squad, is allowing a mere 64.9 points per affair so far in 2021-22. When the ‘Cuse lost to Wake Forest, 77-74, over the weekend, the Orange after a hot start early on really struggled shooting the ball from the field for much of the game.
A term ago, Pitt swept the ‘Cuse in the regular season, which was really irritating. I think that the Orange, seeking some revenge and also looking to change the trajectory of its 2021-22 campaign, will take care of the Panthers on the Hill this time around.
What Channel is the Syracuse Game On?
According to cuse.com, the Orange will take on Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 11. ESPNU will provide television coverage.
Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh Live Stream
For Syracuse basketball and Pittsburgh fans who want to stream this game, you can check it out on fuboTV.