UMass +7½ at Syracuse (165): A rematch of one of this Season’s best college basketball games, won by UMass 107-100 in regulation time at the Carrier Dome. The Minutemen were 7-point underdogs in the Nov. 28 contest so the extra half-point is welcomed if you like the dog. And, there is no reason not to.
UMass is 6-3 against the spread in their last nine and 8-1 overall in that span. The Orange has struggled at the Dome this season, going 9-10 ATS. The Cuse played their way out of the NCAA’s with a loss to Villanova in the Big East tourney and are 3-5 ATS in their last 8. Word is Syracuse is talking up the revenge factor, but UMass should be confident and ready to show that the November victory was no fluke. UMASS.