Double digit dreaming is occurring in March Madness on March 25th. Friday will see a pair of double digits seeds square off with one of them going to the Elite 8. Syracuse vs Gonzaga took harrowing paths to get here with the Bulldogs being one of the last teams to make it in. The (10) Orangemen hold both the higher seed but not the status of favorite in this matchup. Can Syracuse cover the +4 or even ML cover for our HRWager Free Pick for Friday?
March Madness : Thin Ranks
What has put Syracuse behind the eight ball this season? It is the lack of a quality bench or willingness to develop that talent during the regular season. 16.2 percent of the time was allotted to the bench to see the light of day on the court. This is 350th in the nation in this stat. A concentrated schedule would tire them out. Very good news for them here is that the Bulldogs are almost as thin as they are. Gonzaga is only at 22.9 percent of the time that the bench is used. Very big part of this was losing seven footer Prezmek Karnowski after only five games into the year.
- Syracuse suspects it will lose the rebounding war on Friday. A sore spot the entire year that will be rubbed raw by Gonzaga’s Sabonis who is very sufficient in defensive rebounding.
- Kyle Wiltjer will challenge Syracuse’s Zone defense. The big man can hit it from both inside and the three point line. Good point is that this matchup occurs after the days of rest and not the short span on the weekend game.
X Factor in this one is Tyler Roberson of Syracuse. He has the ability to collect offensive rebounds and bang with the big men. Alas, he has been very up and down in performance and frankly effort this season. Syracuse had two bad losing streaks during the season but one of them was without their head coach. Their main weakness is matched by Gonzaga’s lack of bench time. Lights out shooting served them well against MTSU. Finally, their conference is so much stronger. HRWager’s Free Pick of the Day is Syracuse at +4. Get in on this sports speculation and see your bankroll blossom. Good fortune and we will see you later today here at the HRW.