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Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

North Carolina Tar Heels (10-5) at Syracuse Orange (15-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Syracuse to play the Orange on Saturday.

North Carolina dropped to 10-5 on the year after losing at home to Miami 63-57 on Wednesday. The Tar Heels shot only 30.8% from the field and 23.8% from three-point range. North Carolina got to the free throw line 20 times and only shot 60%. James Michael McAdoo scored 12 points for the Tar Heels and he also led the team with 12 rebounds. Marcus Paige had 8 points and a team-high 8 assists in the loss. On the year, Paige leads the Tar Heels in scoring with 17 points and 4.4 assists per game. McAdoo averages 14.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds, while Brice Johnson averages a team-high 6.8 boards per contest. The Tar Heels average 77.7 points per game while shooting 45.5% from the field as a team. The Tar Heels are one of the best rebounding teams in the country so far this season and they also do a good job distributing the ball on offense, dishing out an average of 15.5 assists per game. This will be the Tar Heels fourth true road game of the year; North Carolina is 1-2 away from home this season.

Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

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The Syracuse Orange improved to 15-0 on the year after beating Virginia Tech on the road 72-52 on Tuesday night. Syracuse shot 46.7% from the field and 40.9% from behind the arc. Syracuse reaced the charity stripe 13 times and made 53.8% of their shots. The Orange 2-3 zone allowed Virginia Tech to shoot just 36.7% from the field and 29.2% from three-point range. C.J. Fair led Syracuse once again with 17 points, 12 after halftime. Jerami Grant added 12 points and 10 rebounds. On the year, Fair averages 17.2 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. Trevor Cooney averages 13.9 points per game, while Grant averages a team-high 6.1 rebounds per contest. The Orange average 74.1 points per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Syracuse is a decent team when it comes to rebounding and distributing the ball on offense. The Orange are coming off their closest game at home against Miami last weekend, where they only won by 5 points.

North Carolina played awful in their last game and the main reason why is because they struggled against the zone defense. The Tar Heels will now face arguably the best zone defense in the country and I don’t think they will have much success. Meanwhile, Syracuse will be able to score with their playmakers and they will win this game comfortably.

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