Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 4/2/16 Final Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (23-13) at North Carolina Tar Heels (32-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -9 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels square off Saturday night in the Final Four at the NRG Stadium.
The Syracuse Orange look for another victory after upsetting Virginia last Sunday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.3 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange are 7-1 this season on neutral courts.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory after beating Notre Dame last Sunday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 82.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 12.8 points and 3.4 assists. Justin Jackson is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Marcus Paige is dishing 3.7 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels are 10-0 on neutral courts this season.
The Orange are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tar Heels are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Orange are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
In the two games this season, Syracuse has been able to compete with the Tar Heels, which includes a five-point loss a month ago. The 2-3 zone of Syracuse will force North Carolina to settle for a lot of outside shots, something this team isn't comfortable with. I've been one of a few people who has backing the Orange a lot this tournament. I'll take my chances with the points once again.