NCAA Basketball Picks: Grab Syracuse +13.5 vs. UNC In Huge ACC Clash

Charles Stark

Monday, February 29, 2016 3:42 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 3:42 PM UTC

After losing to Virginia on Saturday the North Carolina Tar Heels look to bounce back taking on Syracuse. NCAAB Odds makers have come out making North Carolina a really solid home favorite.

NCAA basketball odds experts have come out making North Carolina a solid at -12 favorite like at Pinnacle Sports -106. For one of my NCAA basketball picks I will back Syracuse in this spot plus the points to keep this game a bit closer than people anticipate. Although I expect North Carolina to win I expect the Orangemen to keep it to single digits.


Syracuse Orangemen
Defensively Syracuse is allowing just 64.8 points per game which ranks 25th in the country, and they hold opponents to shooting just 30.4% from beyond the arc which ranks 12th. This has not been your typical Syracuse team and they had a really bad run losing four games in a row to start off their ACC campaign. However, even though they have slipped a little bit recently this is a well coached team and their zone defense can give even the best teams some trouble. Offensively they have been less than stellar but they do average 8.9 three-pointers made per game, and they're facing a North Carolina team that has been mediocre on the defensive end. With a second opportunity to face the Tar Heels I expect Syracuse to give North Carolina a run for their money.


North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina averages 83.4 points per game which ranks eighth in the country and the average 31.2 field goals made per game which ranks second. They just faced a very tough defensive team in Virginia on Saturday and they don't get to take the night off having to face Syracuse and their zone defense. Offensively they push tempo as much as anybody averaging 64.6 field goal attempts per game which ranks fifth in the country. They also move the ball extremely well averaging 18.3 assists per game. However, defensively they have not done I don't think a good enough job to be favored by this much against a Syracuse team that has been better than decent. As well, a huge factor is the fact that Duke is up next for North Carolina and no team in the country is immune to looking ahead to their next opponent. This game is big for the Tar Heels, and I do think they win the game but just not by as much as the odds makers have set the line.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Syracuse +13.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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