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North Carolina vs Syracuse Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 24th Betting Odds

Tar Heels vs Orange Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels at Syracuse Orange
  • Where: Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome
  • Date: Tuesday, January 24th
  • Betting Odds: North Carolina -4, NCAR -183 | SYRA +147 O/U 150.5

Tar Heels Preview:

The North Carolina Tar Heels head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 14-6. So far, the Tar Heels have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. This season, North Carolina has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 14-2. For today’s contest, North Carolina has a betting line set -4 points in their favor.

Armando Bacot comes into today’s game as the Tar Heels’ leading scorer at 17.84 points per contest. Not only has Bacot been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Carolina’s top rebounder at 11.53 boards per contest. Behind Bacot, the team has benefited from the strong play of RJ Davis, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.75 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.0% of his shots and is adding 4.8 boards per game.

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So far this season, North Carolina has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (45th). This strong figure has come despite the Tar Heels playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.2% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. North Carolina’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%

Orange Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs North Carolina, the Syracuse Orange will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 13-7. So far this season, Syracuse has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-3. For the season, Syracuse has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Orange being +4 point underdogs.

Syracuse will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Joseph Girard III who is averaging 17.45 points per game for the Orange. III is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Orange’s offensive game plan is the play of Judah Mintz who has hit 43.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.85 points per game.

So far this season, Syracuse has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.4 points per game (48th). This strong figure has come despite the Orange playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.7% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Syracuse’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.0%

Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels -4

If you are eying this matchup between Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking North Carolina to cover the spread as -4 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see North Carolina shooting well enough to keep the Orange at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Tar Heels’ to win the game and cover the spread.

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