The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Thursday night. The Syracuse Orange and Long Beach State 49ers will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN2.
Free College Hoops Picks: Long Beach State 49ers @ Syracuse Orange
Date: Thursday, December 6th, 8:00 ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Long Beach State vs. Syracuse Live TV: ESPN2
The Orange have been on a path of destruction this year that has not been matched. Earlier this week against the Eastern Michigan Eagles, the club put forth a fantastic effort, blowing up EMU 84-48 in a game that easily covered the 24-point NCAA basketball betting lines. This is a well-rounded team that essentially does everything well. F CJ Fair is only averaging 10.8 points per game, and he is the fourth leading scorer on the team, yet the Orange still have men like F James Southerland and G Michael Carter-Williams that have stepped it up in a huge way to pick up the slack. G Brandon Triche has been remarkable as well, averaging 15.0 points per game – and to think… he’s only shooting 26.1 percent from beyond the arc this year! Imagine when that picks up! Long Beach State is a team with a great pedigree, but it just isn’t the same team that we have seen over the course of the last few years. Four of the top five scorers from last year’s club are gone, and though the backcourt is still respectable with G James Ennis and G Mike Caffey, there is no doubting the fact that this team just doesn’t have the goods to come on the road and hang with the Orange.
Long Beach State vs. Syracuse Pick: Syracuse -20
Long Beach State vs. Syracuse Prediction: Syracuse 82 – Long Beach State 54