Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Carolina Tar Heels (14-18) at Syracuse Orange (17-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Syracuse Orange +2.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange meet Wednesday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another win after beating Virginia Tech on Tuesday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 72.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 19.6 points and 4.1 assists while Garrison Brooks is averaging 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds. Brandon Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Armando Bacot is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost five of their last seven non-home games.
The Syracuse Orange enter this tournament splitting their last six games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 74.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Elijah Hughes is averaging 18.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while Buddy Boeheim is averaging 15.3 points and 2.1 assists. Joseph Girard III is the third double-digit scorer and Marek Dolezaj is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost four of their last six non-home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The North Carolina Tar Heels need to win this tournament to have any shot of the big dance, and they're playing some of their best ball currently, which includes 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Syracuse Orange have had serious shooting issues over these last few weeks, so while they have the rest advantage, I'm not confident they have the horses needed to keep up with a UNC team that pushes the pace and can score quickly and often when the confidence is flowing. The Tar Heels keep their tournament hopes alive for another day.