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NCAA Predictions: Is Syracuse good upset play versus North Carolina? 2/21/18

Are the Syracuse Orange a smart home underdog play for bettors today when they host the 10th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at 7PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Tar Heels are a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 144 points. The spread has remained intact since it opened, while the total has risen from 143.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, 79 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting North Carolina. Online wager info also shows 71 percent of bets being placed on the over.

The Tar Heels have won the last five games straight up in the series, although four of them were at North Carolina. The last seven meetings have gone 3-3-1 ATS, while the over is 4-3.

North Carolina comes in on a five-game winning streak, most recently defeating host Louisville by a count of 93-76. The Tar Heels are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and the over has also gone 7-3. 3. The Orange have won three of their last four games straight up, downing host Miami 62-55 in their last contest. Syracuse is 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games and the over-under is 5-5.

Although North Carolina has been red-hot lately and dismantled Louisville on the road, the zone defense of Syracuse can throw even the best teams off. The Orange also have a great home-court advantage, although their 13-4 straight up record is not as strong as some seasons in the past. I just believe this is a prime upset spot against a UNC squad that is on a five-game winning streak, but before that had lost three in a row.


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