Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (22-9) at Syracuse Orange (20-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange meet Wednesday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center.
The North Carolina Tar Heels enter this tournament on a two-game losing skid. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Luke Maye is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 17.8 points and 3.2 assists. Kenny Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Johnson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three of their last four neutral site games.
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The Syracuse Orange look for another victory after beating Wake Forest on Tuesday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 67.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 20 points and three rebounds while Frank Howard is averaging 15.2 points and five assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Paschal Chukwu is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won two of their last three neutral site games.
The Orange are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Tar Heels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Tar Heels last 10 overall and the over is 21-10-2 in Orange last 33 vs. Atlantic Coast.
The Syracuse Orange just took North Carolina down to the wire a couple of weeks ago and are finding ways to win games despite not shooting the ball well. The Tar Heels have lost two straight and aren't getting stops on the defensive end as of late. That zone defense is going to force UNC to make a lot of outside shots, and that's something the Tar Heels don't exactly do well. Also, while UNC travels well, this game is in New York, so you can expect there to be a huge Syracuse crowd in this big matchup. I like the value of the points here.