2011 March Madness Free Picks: Marquette vs Syracuse – Odds, Free Picks, and Predictions – NCAA Tournament 3/20/11: Guard Darius Johnson-Odom will lead the No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles on the road to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to take on forward Kris Joseph and the No. 3 seed Syracuse Orange at 7:45 PM ET on TRU TV. Marquette comes in winning 3 of their last 4 games at 21-14 9th in the Big East and a big win in round one. The Orange has been hot winning 7 of their last 8 at 27-7 3rd in the Big East and quietly advancing.
The Golden Eagles were victorious 76-70 over the Orange earlier this season. “Everybody knows it’s hard to beat a Big East team twice in a season,” Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said. “Hopefully, we can come out with the win.” “I’m just ready to go. This is my last go-round. I’m trying to go out with a bang. Just seeing them guys last year, once we lost, that’s a bad feeling to have, knowing it’s your last game. I just want to end on a good note.” — Senior forward Rick Jackson to the Syracuse Post-Standard. The odds makers at BoDog have the Syracuse Orange a -5 point favorite in the third round against the Marquette Golden Eagles.
The Orange cruised by Indiana State 77-60 in the second round to move to 15-17 ATS for the season. Senior forward Rick Jackson scored 23 points and pulled down 7 rebounds while forward Kris Joseph chipped in 12 points and grabbed 10 boards. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse’s last 5 games and Syracuse is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Marquette. Vegas odds makers have the Syracuse Orange +400 to win the 2011 East Region of the NCAA Championship.
Marquette is coming off a victory 66-55 over Xavier in the opening round to move to a tidy 17-12 ATS for the season. Johnson-Odom led the way with 19 points and 2 dimes while Jimmy Butler added 15 points pulled down 5 boards and dished 4 assists. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 140 points combined of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Syracuse Orange.
I predict a Syracuse win and cover.
GAME: No. 11 Marquette (21-14) vs No. 3 Syracuse (27-7)
TIME: 7:45 PM EST
TELEVISION: TRU TV
VEGAS ODDS: Favorite: Syracuse -4.5
Total: Over/Under 140.5
* Vegas Betting Lines at Ceasars Palace
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FREE PICK: Syracuse Orange -4
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