Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (11-17) at Syracuse Orange (16-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -6 -- Over/Under: 147.5

TV: ESPN

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

The North Carolina Tar Heels need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 71.4 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 assists while Garrison Brooks is averaging 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. Brandon Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Armando Bacot is grabbing eight rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost four straight road games.

The Syracuse Orange need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 74 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Elijah Hughes is averaging 18.6 points and five rebounds while Buddy Boeheim is averaging 15.5 points and 2.1 assists. Joseph Girard III is the third double-digit scorer and Marek Dolezaj is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have split their last eight home games.

The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have had heartbreaker after heartbreaker this season, and they lose on the road by an average of 6.2 points. However, there's no denying UNC is playing its best ball of the season and has shown fight despite these rough losses. The Syracuse Orange have been hit or miss a lot and their offense isn't scaring anybody, as they're shooting just 42.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from deep in their last five games. I want the points with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Randy’s Pick North Carolina Tar Heels +6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.