North Carolina vs. Syracuse - 2/29/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (19-10) at North Carolina Tar Heels (23-6)
College Basketball: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Monday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Syracuse Orange look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.6 points and 4.4 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost eight of their last 11 road games.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.9 points and 10.4 rebounds while Justin Jackson is averaging 12.4 points and 3.2 assists. Marcus Paige is dishing 3.5 assists and Kennedy Meeks is grabbing six rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 12 of their last 13 home games.
The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 13-27-2 ATS in their last 42 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Tar Heels are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 Monday games.
I'm iffy on this North Carolina team, as the Tar Heels have all the talent in the world but continue to lack a killer instinct and allow teams to hang around. Syracuse is playing well and continues to play high level defense. Getting this many points with the Orange is where the value is at.