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Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (14-2) at Syracuse Orange (10-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Syracuse Orange and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Saturday in an ACC college basketball match up.

The Syracuse Orange are 10-6 this season and they have lost their last three games. Syracuse is averaging 70.8 points and they are shooting 40.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Michael Gbinije leads the Orange averaging 18 points per game. Trevor Cooney is averaging 13 points, Malachi Richardson is averaging 13 points, and Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon are averaging 9.4 points each. Syracuse is young and they are starting to struggle badly especially against the better teams.

Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 14-2 this season and they have won their last seven games. UNC is averaging 87.8 points and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Brice Johnson leads the Tar Heels averaging 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Marcus Paige is averaging 16.3 points, Justin Jackson is averaging 12.8 points, and Joel Berry II is averaging 12.5 points. North Carolina started the season number one and they are looking like they are worthy of the high expectations.

Syracuse is 5-22-2 against the spread against the ACC, 3-7 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. North Carolina is 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 1-5 against the spread after scoring 100 or more points in their previous game.

I don’t see this Syracuse team being capable of rising to the occasion so I will lay the points with North Carolina.

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North Carolina Tar Heels -6

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