The Syracuse Orange and the Pittsburgh Panthers are both on the fringe of the NCAA Tournament, so a solid showing in the ACC Tournament would help improve their chances. They face off in the first round on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Tip-off is at noon ET.
The Orange (19-12 SU, 15-15 ATS) struggled to end the season, losing four of their last five, so they desperately need to avoid a loss in the first round. Michael Gbinije led the way with 21 points in a 73-78 loss at Florida State to wrap up the regular season on March 5. Syracuse was outrebounded 43-26.
The Panthers didn’t fare much better down the stretch as they lost three of their last four, including a 59-63 loss at Georgia Tech. Michael Young dropped 24 points to pace the Panthers, who were 0-for-11 from three-point land and outscored 34-23 in the second half.
Pittsburgh has won six and lost four of their last 10 meetings with Syracuse. The first meeting of the season was a 72-61 win for Pittsburgh at home on December 30, then they gained the sweep with a 66-52 win at Syracuse on February 20.