West Virginia opens as small favorites over Syracuse
Sat, Mar 20th 11:54am EDT
Syracuse once again will look to ride a disruptive 2-3 zone all the way to the Final Four as a double-digit seed, just like they did in 2016. Syracuse’s 2-3 zone was active and disruptive against San Diego State, holding the Aztecs to 11-for-40 (27.5%) from three-point range. Though the zone typically leaves the Orange vulnerable on the backboards, they out-rebounded San Diego State 34-33. West Virginia has just one day to prepare for Syracuses’s unorthodox defense, and that is not an enviable position to be in. The Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games, while Syracuse is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their previous four. Based on these trends, expect Syracuse to be a trendy underdog pick.