The No. 19 Auburn Tigers take on the Syracuse Orange at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday in the fifth-place game at the 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Each team came up just short in their opening-round games, but looked sharp in their second on Thanksgiving Day. Syracuse hit 42 percent of its 3-pointers in a 92-84 win over Arizona State, while Auburn put on a defensive clinic with 12 steals and seven blocks in a Victory against Loyola-Chicago.
The Tigers are favored by 5.5 points in the latest Syracuse vs. Auburn odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 147. Before entering any Auburn vs. Syracuse picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Syracuse vs. Auburn spread: Auburn -5.5
- Syracuse vs. Auburn over-under: 147 points
What you need to know about Syracuse
After shooting just 29 percent from the field against VCU in the tourney opener, Syracuse got things figured out against the Sun Devils on Thursday. The Orange's entire starting lineup all finished with double-digit point totals: Guard Buddy Boeheim (23 points), center Jesse Edwards (21), forward Cole Swider (19), guard Joseph Girard III (16), and forward Jimmy Boeheim (11). Swider led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds and Edwards swatted away two shots.
Syracuse is 3-2 on the season, and one of the things the Orange have struggled with is defending the perimeter. Opponents have made 37 percent of the 167 total 3-point attempts they have taken this season. In Syracuse's two losses to Colgate and VCU, the Rams and Raiders hit a combined 40 percent of their 3-pointers. The Orange also had 25 total turnovers in those matchups.
What you need to know about Auburn
The Tigers were able to grind out a solid win over Loyola Ramblers on Thursday, 62-53. Auburn forward Walker Kessler filled up the stat sheet, and posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four blocks. Kessler had only scored 13 points over three games before coming to the Battle 4 Atlantis, but in his two tourney starts, he's averaged 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
The Tigers have averaged 6.4 bocks per game, good for 14th in the nation, which is right behind fellow Battle 4 Atlantis competitor VCU (13th nationally; 6.5 per game). Even though Auburn won by a comfortable final score against the Ramblers, guard K.D. Johnson had an off night. He had four steals, but he finished with just seven points on just 1-for-6 shooting. For the season, he's been the Tigers' top scorer, and in his other four games, he's averaged 18 points with 2.8 steals.
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