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Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (21-7) at Syracuse Orange (18-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Carrier Dome.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Luke Maye is averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 17.7 points and 3.1 assists. Kenny Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.9 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have split their last six road games.

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Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange need a statement win here after splitting their last six games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 68.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 39 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 19.9 points and three rebounds while Frank Howard is averaging 15.2 points and 5.1 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Paschal Chukwu is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have split their last six home games.

The Tar Heels are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Orange are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win, 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up win and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Tar Heels are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have won five straight games against Syracuse, and four of those games were decided by 10 or more points. However, the Tar Heels aren't the same team on the road this season, as they're outscoring teams by just three points and allowing nearly 76 points on the road this season overall. The Syracuse Orange are allowing less than 60 points on 38.5 percent shooting at home. Syracuse also needs a statement victory in order to strengthen that NCAA Tournament resume. There's value with the points and the Orange at home.

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