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Syracuse vs St. John's Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 22 (Back Low-Scoring Vivid Seats Empire Classic Final)

Devon Platana
Syracuse vs. St. John's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Syracuse vs. St. John's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/John Minchillo
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Syracuse vs St. John's Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Syracuse Orange (3-1) vs. St. John's Red Storm (5-0)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, NY
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with the Vivid Seats Empire Classic Championship matchup between the Syracuse Orange and St. John's Red Storm.

Syracuse is likely feeling somewhat tired after needing overtime to score a 74-71 victory over Richmond on Monday. Meanwhile, St. John's advanced to the championship round following a 78-72 win against Temple, led by Joel Soriano's 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Which New York state-based school will win the Vivid Seats Empire Classic Championship?

Syracuse vs St. John's Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: SYR: (+136) | SJU: (-164)
Spread: SYR: +3.5 (-110) | SJU: -3.5 (-110)
Total: 154.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

St. John's enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 154.5 points, which is among the highest of Tuesday's projected totals.

Syracuse vs St. John's Prediction & Pick

Even though the odds are close, I predict that St. John's will win the Vivid Seats Empire Classic tonight. While Syracuse has some momentum from its victory, the Orange blew leads up to 12 points and were also heavily outrebounded, 44-27, by Richmond. The Red Storm are likely salivating at this matchup after averaging 41.4 rebounds this season (T-No. 41) — nearly six more than Syracuse.

St. John's also managed to capitalize on Temple committing 21 turnovers on Monday. Syracuse doesn't turn the ball over that much, however, the team's 11.3 giveaways per game will give the Red Storm plenty of opportunities to make the Orange pay for their mistakes.

While this could go back and forth at times, this is St. John's game to lose.

Final Score Prediction: St. John's: 77 | Syracuse: 72

Syracuse vs St. John's Betting Trends

- Syracuse is 15-4 straight up in its last 19 games against St. John's.
- St. John's is 6-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- The total has hit the over in six of Syracuse's last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of St. John's last nine games against Syracuse.

Syracuse vs St. John's Best Bet

While Syracuse and St. John's have hit the over in eight of their last nine games, I don't think it's being done tonight. The two schools have only combined for a total of over 154.5 points in two of their last 18 meetings. With both sides needing to take fewer risks in a championship game, I expect a lower-than-projected final score.

Bet: Under 154.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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