Tar Heels vs. Orange Prediction
Despite a disappointing season, the North Carolina Tar Heels are favored tonight in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament versus the Syracuse Orange. Should bettors side with UNC in this spot?
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Greensboro Coliseum at 9:30PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Tar Heels are a 3-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 150 points. As of Wednesday morning, 81 percent of public bets are pouring in on North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Tar Heels throttle Hokies
North Carolina advanced in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Tuesday night as it crushed Virginia Tech by a score of 78-56. The Tar Heels (14-18) outscored the Hokies 46-30 in the second half to pull away. Garrison Brooks paced UNC with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. plus 8-of-10 at the free throw line. He also accounted for four rebounds and two assists. Brandon Robinson tallied 17 points, six boards, two assists and two blocked shots. Armando Bacot accounted for 12 points and 11 caroms. Cole Anthony added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Orange fall at Hurricanes
Syracuse lost 69-65 in overtime Saturday at Miami to drop to 17-14 overall and 10-10 in the ACC. The Orange outscored the Hurricanes 32-30 in the second half, but were then outscored 13-9 in the extra session. Marek Dolezaj led Syracuse with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting plus 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also notched seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Joseph Girard III accounted for 13 points, five boards and four assists. Buddy Boeheim added 12 points, three dimes, two rebounds and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. North Carolina is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games as a favorite.
The Orange are 6-2 ATS in itheir last eight games as a favorite. Syracuse is 0-3-1 ATS in its last four neutral site games.
North Carolina is playing some of its best basketball of the season as of late with only a 13-point defeat at rival Duke in the last five games. Even in that game in a tough road venue, the Tar Heels were right in it for much of the contest. The Orange might be the more rested team, but they also lost by 13 at home against UNC less than two weeks ago. I have more confidence in the Tar Heels in this situation, which is weird to say considering the season they have had.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS -3