Syracuse vs. UNC Pick
No. 11 North Carolina is a big favorite at home today when it welcomes Syracuse to town when they meet at 7PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is favored at home, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -14.5 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 153.5 points. North Carolina has won four straight in this series while going 2-1-1 against the spread in those four games.
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The Tar Heels are on a four-game winning streak since a surprising 75-63 loss at Georgia Tech back on New Year’s Eve. UNC is now 16-3 overall and 10-7-1 against the spread. The Heels average 88.8 points per game on offense while allowing 70.8 points per contest. That number drops to just 63.8 points per game at home. Justin Jackson is averaging 17.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to lead the team while Kennedy Meeks is putting up 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Tony Bradley, a contributor that averages 8.1 points and 5.7 boards per game, is out today due to a concussion.
Syracuse is 3-1 in its last four and now sits at 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. The Orange are 6-7 against the spread for the season, but 0-5 ATS on the road. Cuse is holding opponents to 66 points per game on the season while scoring 76.3 points per game on offense. However, Syracuse is giving up 85.3 points per game on the road, allowing opponents to shoot 50 percent from the field and 3-point range. Andrew White III is averaging 15.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while Tyler Lydon is adding 13 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
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This spread is large for two historic programs like UNC and Syracuse, but you can see why. The Orange are just not a good team away from home. They have yet to carry in true road games and their defense just disappears. UNC has too much offense for Syracuse as is, so if the Orange don’t show up on defense, this game will get out of hand quickly.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -14.5