Drexel Dragons vs Syracuse Orange NCAA Basketball Prediction, Spread and Trends to Watch - 11/14/2021

by James Q

Drexel Dragons vs Syracuse Orange NCAA Basketball Prediction, Spread and Trends to Watch - 11/14/2021

Game Time: 5:00 pm ET, Sunday, November, 14th, 2021
Venue:  Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Where to Watch:  ESPN 2

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Season Record

Drexel: 0-0 conf, 1-0 overall (Colonial Athletic) // 12-8 last season
Syracuse: 0-0 conf, 1-0 overall (ACC)  //  18-10 last season

Drexel tipped off their men’s college basketball season with a home game against Neumenn (“hello... Neumann”) and got an easy victory 103-74.  The Dragon’s won the Colonial Athletic Association Championship last season and are hungry for more this year.  

Syracuse began play with their own easy win in an easy matchup.  They hosted LaFayette for a quick 97-63 finish.  It was a college basketball game, but not a fair matchup.  The LaFayette Leopards never had a shot, they are one of those programs that gets pounded early by big programs for some good paydays. Syracuse’s first game was notable as the debut of Jimmy Boeheim and Buddy Boeheim as teammates.  They are brothers of course and sons of the head coach.  The brothers have a really old father.
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Drexel vs Syracuse Preview and Analysis

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Drexel is 1-0 on the season, but 0-0 ATS and 0-0 O/U… because Neumann didn’t make the board in Vegas.  The game went dark in the world of legal betting.  

Syracuse is 1-0 on the season, 1-0 ATS, and has logged an Over.  They faced a very big point spread against LaFayette of -25.5 and soundly covered it by outscoring LaFayette by 34 points.

Offensive Analysis

Drexel lost some key players to graduation, but returned James Butler who averaged 12.8 ppg last year and opened this year with 16 points.  They also still have Camren Wynter who was team best in ppg and 3pt% last season when he averaged 16.3 ppg and 41.5 3pt%.  Drexel is scoring 103 pts a game, 40 rebounds a game, and 24 assists a game.  They have only played 1 game so all these numbers will drop across the board against Syracuse.

Syracuse will lean heavy on Joe Girard who opened the season with 20 pts and shot 5 for 5 from 3-point range.  Buddy Boeheim went 6 for 14, but he’s the coach's son and will get as many shots as he wants.  Syracuse is only 134-148 ATS when playing a team with a winning record since 1997.  However, Drexel doesn’t really qualify for that stat since they are 1 game in and it was against Neumann… a guaranteed win that never was given a spread at all.

Defensive Analysis

Last season Drexel was ranked 241st in college basketball in ppg allowed.

Last season Syracuse ranked 115th in the country in points given up.

Drexel Dragons vs Syracuse Orange Prediction

Our prediction for Sunday, November 14th is….   Syracuse 89 - Drexel 70
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Syracuse is 2-1 ATS versus Drexel since 1997.
2 of 3 games in this matchup have gone Over since 1997.


Starting Lineups

Drexel: PG Camren Wynter, SG Xavier Bell, SF Mate Okros, PF Melik Martin, C James Butler

Syracuse: PG Joe Girard, SG Buddy Boeheim, SF Jimmy Boeheim JR, PF Cole Swider, C Jesse Edwards


Statistical Leaders

Points: J. Butler 16
Rebounds: A.Williams 7
Assists: C. Wynter 8
Steals: M. Martin 1
Blocks: A. Williams 3
Points: J. Girard III 20
Rebounds: C. Swinder 12
Assists: J Girard III 7
Steals: C. Swinder 2
Blocks: J. Edwards 3


Drexel: Zach Spiker.  Coach Spiker has been the Head Coach at Drexel since 2016 and has a 61-89 overall record so far.  He took over a team that went 9-23 in his first season… He has steadily built the program year over year until he made the NCAA tournament last season.   A record his team holds is the largest comeback in NCAA Division 1 history when Drexel,  his team, overcame a 34 point deficit to beat Delaware in 2018.  It’s odd that he didn’t move up to a bigger program after last season’s conference championship.  He should soon.
Syracuse: Jim Boeheim.  Coach Boeheim will be an Octogenarian very soon.  He has been coaching Syracuse since 1976!!  He has manned the post for 45 years!!  He has won the NCAA Tournament when he was Carmelo Anthony’s coach back in 2003, He has 5 Final Four appearances, 10 Big East regular season Titles, and 5 Big East Tournament wins.  He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005!  He has 3 Olympic Gold Medals as an assistant coach with the US Men’s Basketball Team.  He’s done it all and seen it all…. And someone has to tell him it’s time to step aside.  It’s all gluttony at this point.

James Q

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James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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