DETROIT TITANS (6-4)
at SYRACUSE ORANGE (9-0)
Gotham Classic Ė Syracuse, NY
Tip-off: Monday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Syracuse -19, Total: 151.5
Still undefeated, No. 4 Syracuse will host Detroit at the Carrier Dome while head coach Jim Boeheim searches for his 900th win.
The Orange have simply dominated this year, going 9-0 SU and 6-0 ATS and winning these nine games by an average margin of 28.0 PPG. They average 84.7 PPG, 45.7 RPG and 19.0 APG, all ranking No. 3 in the country. Detroit, meanwhile, has looked better after a slow 0-4 ATS start to the year, going 2-1 ATS in its past three lined games and winning four straight games SU. And the Titans donít have a bad offense themselves, averaging 77.7 PPG, setting up for a fast-paced thriller in what figures to be a landmark victory for Boeheim.
Can the Orange cover the lofty spread on Monday night? For the answer, connect to College Basketball Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The StatFox experts were on fire this weekend with a collective 13-4 ATS (77%) mark for Saturday and Sunday. StatFox Dave went 5-0 ATS to increase his amazing run to 10-0 ATS since Dec. 9, while Brian went 3-0 ATS for the weekend to improve to 51% ATS (29-28-2) for the year. The experts now have a collective 53% ATS mark (130-116-6) in college basketball Best Bets for the season, led by StatFox Gary, who is 57% ATS (26-20) for the season, while StatFox Dave is at 55% ATS (48-39-2) on the year.
Detroit has four double-digit scorers, led by the coach's son, Ray McCallum Jr. (19.4 PPG, 4.9 APG, 4.4 RPG) who has been the brightest part of this Titans squad, making 48% of his field goals and taking strong care of the ball with a 2.2 Ast/TO ratio. Jason Calliste (13.2 PPG) is the teamís second leading scorer, but he has not been as efficient, making just 34% of his field goals. They form a solid defensive tandem, however, combining for 3.3 SPG in the backcourt. Nick Minnerath (11.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG) and Doug Anderson (10.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG) are the crux of the Detroit frontcourt, but both also have the potential to stretch defenses and stroke from beyond the arc. Anderson shoots 47% threes (7-for-15), while Minnerath is 5-for-9 from downtown in his past two games. Theyíll need to be on point and hit their shots to keep this one close, as the team has dropped 20 straight games to ranked opponents.
Although Michael Carter-Williams (12.3 PPG, 10.8 APG, 5.2 RPG) isnít Syracuseís leading scorer, thereís no question heís the engine of the offense, with 2.3 APG more than any other player in the country. Heís also an incredible menace on the defensive end with 3.7 SPG, which ranks second in the nation. Brandon Triche (15.3 PPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 SPG) is the teamís top scorer while James Southerland (15.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG) is close behind as arguably the best sixth man in the nation. Southerland shoots 43% from three-point range and 69% from inside the arc. C.J. Fair adds 11.7 PPG and a team-high 6.9 RPG, but the team also has a pair of impressive frontcourt talents in Rakeem Christmas (7.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 BPG) and DaJuan Coleman (7.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG).