Baylor vs. Syracuse Basketball Betting Picks for First Round Match

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Baylor vs. Syracuse Basketball

Things are heating up in the college basketball betting postseason as the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament is upon us. One of the more intriguing matchups from this round has to be this Thursday’s Baylor vs. Syracuse basketball matchup. Both teams are coming off successful seasons and this should make for some entertaining tournament action. So what kind of predictions should players learning how to bet on sports make here? Let’s take a look at what the March Madness betting odds are predicting to find out.

Baylor vs. Syracuse Basketball – Thursday, March 21st    

When: 10:00 pm ET

Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada


Stream: Watch ESPN

College Basketball Betting Odds:

Baylor +2½ (-110) 131½ (-110) +118
Syracuse -2½ (-110) 131½ (-110) -138
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Baylor Bears           

The Bears turned in a 19-13 record this season. In addition, the program managed to post a 10-8 record in Big 12 play. This eventually led to a 4th place ranking in the Big 12, which is pretty good for the conference. However, Baylor was unable to get anything done in the conference tournament, tasting elimination right away at the hands of Iowa State 83-66. That loss marked Baylor’s 4th consecutive mishap which presently puts them in a dangerous position. Entering the NCAA Tournament with zero momentum to boot, Baylor will have to turn to luck here to get the job done. After all, the team is 0-2 in their most recent matchups against Syracuse. This has correspondingly led to the college basketball betting odds pegging Baylor as the underdog here.

Players to Watch: Tristan Clark (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), Makai Mason (14.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Mario Kegler (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Syracuse Orange    

The Orange peeled their way to a 20-13 record this year. While that was a decent record, Syracuse failed to stand out in the ACC with their 10-8 conference record. Nonetheless, Syracuse’s 6th overall finish in the ACC didn’t keep them from making the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, following their 73-59 routing of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Cuse that’s as far as they would get since Duke would eliminate them 84-72. Now Syracuse is hoping they can edge out a win over Baylor. Looking over the numbers, it’s undeniably clear that Syracuse will have to turn to their defense to get the job done. This is because their offense is scoring 69.7 while Baylor is averaging 71.7. However, the Bears are giving up 67.2 defensively while the Orange only allot 65.7.

Players to Watch: Tyus Battle (17.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), Elijah Hughes (13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Oshae Brissett (12.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Baylor vs. Syracuse Basketball Betting Predictions


  • Syracuse is 18-6 SU as a favorite this season through 24 games
  • Syracuse is 15-9 SU as a favorite this season through 24 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 14 of Syracuse’s 24 games as a favorite this season
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 12 of Baylor’s 16 games as an underdog this season
  • BAY is 8-6-2 ATS as an underdog this season through 16 games
  • BAY is 7-9 SU as an underdog this season through 16 games

Baylor vs. Syracuse Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Baylor vs. Syracuse basketball matchup? All things considered, taking Syracuse is probably your best bet here. They’ve done fairly well as the favorite this season and their defense should close out the game in the most crucial spots. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 72-69 Syracuse.