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December 22, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take St. Bonaventure +7 spread (buy the half point) against Syracuse for 3% of the bankroll.

We're putting the Syracuse Orange on upset alert tonight as we believe they have a tough matchup against an underrated St Bonaventure squad. The St Bonaventure Bonnies are an extremely fundamentally sound team that should not be taken lightly by anyone. They come into this matchup in the Carrier Dome on a 6-game winning streak and already hold a resume building win over Maryland this season. What's more is that the Bonnies have been winning without their star, senior point guard Jaylen Adams. Adams was on the preseason watchlist for three national players of the year awards and recently made his return to the rotation in the Bonnies most recent victory. After shaking off the rust in that contest, Adams could be a player to watch in this contest tonight.

The Syracuse Orange are off to an impressive 10-1 start to the season; however, we are not currently buying that this team is as good as their record indicates. They have had the luxury of playing a majority of their games at home, in front of their home crowd and have done so against some lackluster competition. The Bonnies will certainly give the Cuse all they can handle in this contest. On the season, St. Bonaventure has played a similar schedule, however, they have proven that they can win on the road, given their 5-1 record away from home. Statistically, they outpoint the Orange in nearly every facet of the game on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Besides have the advantage of once again playing at home, the only other edge that we believe the Orange have in this contest is their name. Syracuse is a big name in the world of college basketball, but a name doesn't win ball games. The Bonnies will come into this contest extremely motivated by their chance of playing a big-named program that who has gotten a lot of media attention as of late.

The Bonnies have a very underrated defense and this matchup is likely going to come down to whether Syracuse can hit their perimeter shots, if they cannot, then they could be in trouble in this matchup. The Syracuse 2-3 zone will also pose some problems for St. Bonaventure in this contest and we expect this game to be fairly low scoring, likely in the mid to upper 60's. If that is the case, the points could prove to be valuable at the end.

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