North Carolina vs. Syracuse - 1/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse at North Carolina
College Basketball: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels play Monday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Syracuse Orange have split their last four games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 68.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 18.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 14.1 points and 2.4 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are a defensive team that’s allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in seven of their last eight games. Offensively, Syracuse is shooting 65.1 percent from the line and 32 percent from downtown. Syracuse is 2-3 SU on the road.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels have won five straight games and look for their seventh ACC win. On the season, NC is averaging 79.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Marcus Paige is averaging 13.8 points and four assists while Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Brice Johnson is grabbing 7.7 rebounds and Justin Jackson is dishing 2.5 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 27.7 percent shooting from deep and have given up 71 or more points in five of their last six games. Offensively, North Carolina is shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. Joel James is questionable with a knee injury.
The Orange are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Atlantic Coast and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tar Heels are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
You see Syracuse's ATS record in ACC play? No thanks. North Carolina has to be the pick here.