2013 Sweet 16 Picks: Syracuse vs. Indiana Free Picks 3/28/13

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March Madness free picks are one of our top specialties this time of year here at Cappers Info, and we have another great one on the NCAA Tournament schedule on Thursday night. The #4 Syracuse Orange and the #1 Indiana Hoosiers will meet in the Sweet 16 in the East Region, and we’re breaking down the NCAA basketball betting lines for the clash.

East Region Picks: #4 Syracuse Orange vs. #1 Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Thursday, March 28th, 9:45 p.m. ET
East Region Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC
Syracuse vs. Indiana Live on TV: TBS

Sweet 16 Betting Lines
#4 Syracuse Orange +5.5
#1 Indiana Hoosiers -5.5
Over/Under 135.5

There could be some real magic in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. The Hoosiers are clearly one of the most talented teams in America, and the mass majority of brackets feature them coming out of Washington DC this weekend and going to the Final Four. There’s no reason for most to think otherwise when looking at the big picture. F Cody Zeller and G Victor Oladipo are tremendous stars, and the rest of the role players on this team are outstanding. The time really does seem to be here for Indiana basketball to get back on the map as one of the premier programs in America. However, when you look back at that game against the Temple Owls from over the weekend, you have to be a bit concerned. For as great as Indiana has been, the fact that it only made 19 field goals and had just nine assists on those field goals won’t cut it. The ball just wasn’t moving around all that well, and that could be problematic when push comes to shove here in the Sweet 16 against the 2-3 zone. The combination of F CJ Fair, F James Southerland, G Brandon Triche, F Rakeem Christmas, and G Michael Carter-Williams has really played well here in the tourney. We love Syracuse’s aggression and the way that it has continually swooped towards the basket, and we love the run that this team has been on. If this really is the last dance for Head Coach Jim Boeheim, we don’t think that it is ending right now. The Orange have only been beaten once since getting beaten badly right here in this building by the Georgetown Hoyas on March 9th, and that game in the Big East Tournament Final against Louisville. Don’t be all that shocked if this game marks some vengeance for a team that truly is one of the most talented in the land. We want the points on our side, and we think that this could be one of the best displays that we have seen thus far in the tourney by a middling seed.

Syracuse vs. Indiana Free Pick: Syracuse Orange +5.5
Syracuse vs. Indiana Predictions: Syracuse 69 – Indiana 66

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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