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North Carolina vs. Syracuse - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Syracuse at North Carolina
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dean E. Smith Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: North Carolina -12 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
ACC
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The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The Syracuse Orange could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 69.8 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 64.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.1 points and 3.2 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 13.7 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won five of their last seven road games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 87.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while Coby White is averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 assists. Luke Maye is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won five of their last six home games.

The Orange are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Tar Heels are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 Tuesday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Atlantic Coast and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Orange are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in North Carolina and the favorite is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Tar Heels last 4 overall. The under is 4-0 in Orange last 4 overall.

The Syracuse Orange have been wonderful ATS this season and have held their own on the road, but the lack of offense is catching up to them, and they're shooting just 37.9 percent from the field in their last five games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are winning their last five games by an average of 13.4 points while allowing just 38.9 percent shooting. At home, UNC is winning by an average of 15.1 points. If those numbers hold up, Syracuse is going to have a hard time keeping up in this one. The North Carolina Tar Heels are also 14-5 ATS this season when favored of three or more points. I'll take the Tar Heels in a comfortable home win.

Pick:
North Carolina -12

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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