Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Venue: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY
Where to Watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: UNC -8, Syracuse +8; Over/Under: 156.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: UNC -8, Syracuse +8; Over/Under: 156.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: UNC -8, Syracuse +8; Over/Under: 156.5 points
North Carolina Tar Heels: 19-5 (11-2) (1st place, ACC)
Syracuse Orange: 15-9 (6-7) (10th place, ACC)
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North Carolina Tar Heels: 3-2 last 5
Syracuse Orange: 2-3 last 5
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange Preview and Analysis
North Carolina is entering this game with a 19-5 record overall, an 11-2 record in conference games, and they are 6-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming off a win against the Miami-Florida Hurricanes in their last game. RJ Davis led the team in points per game in that game with 25 while Elliot Cadeau was next on the team with 19. Elliot Cadeau led the team in assists with 8 in that game while Armando Bacot led the team in rebounds with 15. They were 40.7% from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range, and 66.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 82.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 PPG against them. North Carolina has an ATS record of 14-10 this season and their O/U record is 11-12-1.
Syracuse is entering this game with a 15-9 record overall, a 6-7 conference record, and they are 11-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming off a loss against the Clemson Tigers in their last game. Chris Bell and JJ Starling each led the team in points in that game with 16 while Judah Mintz was next on the team with 14. Judah Mintz led the team in assists with 4 in that game while Maliq Brown led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 39.1% from the field, 30.4% from 3-point range, and 73.3% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 75.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 PPG against them. Syracuse has an ATS record of 9-15 this season and their O/U record is 12-12.
North Carolina vs Syracuse Prediction
The current betting odds have North Carolina listed as an 8 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. North Carolina has looked really good in their games all season with their 19-5 record overall which has them ranked inside the top 25 teams in the country and ranked as one of the best in the nation too. They have looked great in the ACC this year with their 11-2 conference record and they have also been a great road team too with their 6-1 road record. Meanwhile, Syracuse has looked good in their games this season with their 15-9 record overall, but they have struggled a lot more against ACC opponents. They have a 6-7 conference record this season but they have looked a lot better on their home court. They are 11-2 in their home games this season but they did just lost to Clemson in their last game on their home court and they lost that game by 9 points. As good as they have been at home this year, Syracuse just hasn't been as good in their conference games as shown in their last game at home and now they have to face one of the best teams in the nation that has been rolling over teams in their games lately. North Carolina is coming off a closer game against Miami in their last one but they were never in trouble in that game and they will have no issues taking control of this game from the start. The best way to place a bet here is on North Carolina to cover the spread in this game.
North Carolina Syracuse Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (7:00 pm ET start time) is UNC 87 Syracuse 72.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
North Carolina Tar Heels: 12-6 ATS when the total is 150 to 159.5. 9-2 ATS after 1 or more consecutive unders. 5-1 ATS after playing a road game. 6-0 UNDER as a road favorite or pick. 10-3 UNDER against conference opponents. 23-15 UNDER off a win against a conference rival.
Syracuse Orange: 3-8 ATS as an underdog. 2-9 ATS when the total is 150 to 159.5. 7-14 ATS after playing 2 consecutive home games. 7-2 UNDER revenging a loss where the opponent scored 85 or more points. 6-3 UNDER as a home underdog or pick.
North Carolina Tar Heels: S. Trimble (G) Ques Tues - Upper Body.
Syracuse Orange: P. Carey (C) Ques Tues - Upper Body. N. McLeod (C) out for season - Foot. C. Westry (G) Out indefinitely - Lower Body. W. Patterson (C) out for season - Redshirt.
“I like 20-point wins – that would be great – but Miami’s a really good team. We haven’t had very much success against them of late, especially here. They continued to fight and we made a couple of plays down the stretch to be able to pull out the win.” - Hubert Davis after his team’s win against Miami-FL in their last game on Saturday.
“I’m obviously struggling shooting the ball. It happens. Shooters go through stuff like this. It’s my job to stay level-headed and not listen to the outside noise. A lot of people try and comment on it but they’re not with me every single day trying to get back to how I was.” - Justin Taylor on his struggles after their loss against Clemson in their last game on Saturday.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina Tar Heels
PPG: R. Davis (21.5)
APG: E. Cadeau (3.8)
Reb/G: A. Bacot (10.3)
PPG: J. Mintz (18.2)
APG: J. Mintz (4.6)
Reb/G: M. Brown (6.8)
North Carolina Tar Heels: Hubert Davis (3rd season)
Syracuse Orange: Adrian Autry (1st season)