North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange Betting Odds and NCAA Basketball Expert Picks


North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina Tar Heels
21-7 (5-4 V)
7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Carrier Dome, Syracuse
Syracuse Orange
Syracuse Orange
18-9 (13-4 H)
ESPN
 
North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange Betting Odds and NCAA Basketball Expert Picks

If Syracuse wants to upset No. 10 North Carolina and put itself on the "in" side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Orange will have to win the battle of the boards against the Tar Heels in their Atlantic Coast Conference matchup Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse is 0-4 this season when its opponents grab more rebounds. North Carolina's 11.7 rebounding margin leads the nation.

In last year's matchup, the Tar Heels thumped the Orange 85-68. Syracuse couldn't guard North Carolina on the interior and was outrebounded 44-24.

Despite the loss of big men Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina is still a force on the boards as it ranks No. 2 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage and No. 30 in defensive rebounding percentage.

In their 93-76 rout of Louisville on Saturday, the Tar Heels (21-7, 10-5 ACC) outrebounded the Cardinals 44-32. Every time Louisville made a run, North Carolina answered with a 3-pointer or a rebound and putback to stay comfortably ahead.

Led by guard Joel Berry II with 23 points and forward Luke Maye with 19 points and 13 boards, the Tar Heels shot 48 percent and broke 90 points for the third time in their current five-game winning streak.

North Carolina sits in third place in the ACC, behind Virginia (13-1) and Duke (10-4) and ahead of Clemson (9-5).

After showing initial signs of being a strong rebounding team, the Orange (18-9, 7-7) has regressed in ACC play. Syracuse ranks sixth on the offensive glass and 13th on the defensive glass in conference-only games.

That makes freshman forward Oshae Brissett a key player in Wednesday's game. Brissett, who shared this week's ACC Rookie of the Week Award with Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, is averaging 14.7 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds this season.

The only ACC freshman averaging more points is Duke's Marvin Bagley III, and the only ACC freshmen with more rebounds are Bagley and Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. Brissett is bidding to join Carmelo Anthony as the only freshman in Syracuse history to average a double-double for the season.

As in recent years, the Orange find themselves on the NCAA Tournament bubble as the season winds down. With games against North Carolina, No. 5 Duke and No. 15 Clemson remaining, Syracuse has an opportunity to notch that one signature win that could vault them into the tournament.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
North Carolina Tar Heels -4 (-110) - 143 (-110)o
Syracuse Orange +4 (-115) - 143 (-110)u

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: North Carolina 76, Syracuse 68

 


 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

North Carolina Tar Heels

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 21-7 14-2 7-5 16-10-1 11-4 5-6-1 83.64 73.43 10.21
Last 10 7-3 5-1 2-2 7-3 5-1 2-2 85.50 77.60 7.90
vs Conf 10-5 7-1 3-4 8-6-1 6-2 2-4-1 81.47 74.73 6.74

Syracuse Orange

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 18-9 14-4 4-5 11-14 7-9 4-5 68.67 63.44 5.23
Last 10 6-4 3-2 3-2 4-6 2-3 2-3 67.30 65.00 2.30
vs Conf 7-7 4-3 3-4 6-8 3-4 3-4 65.57 64.14 1.43

Betting Odds Trends

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 7 games
North Carolina is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of North Carolina's last 11 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Syracuse
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing Syracuse

Syracuse Orange

Syracuse is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Syracuse is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Syracuse is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Syracuse's last 9 games at home
Syracuse is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina
Syracuse is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Syracuse's last 5 games when playing North Carolina

Injuries

North Carolina Tar Heels

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Andrew Platek G Ques Wed - Concussion - 2/20/18 Platek is dealing with concussion-like symptoms and it is unknown if he will play against Syracuse on Wednesday.
Jalek Felton G Out indefinitely - Suspension - 1/30/18 Felton is serving a suspension for an unspecified reason and his return to the team is unclear.

Syracuse Orange

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Howard Washington G out for season - Leg - 2/1/18 Washington suffered a significant right leg injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
1/16/17 UNC 85 SYR 68 -14.5/152 UNC/O
4/2/16 UNC 83 SYR 66 -10/142.5 UNC/O
2/29/16 UNC 75 SYR 70 -13/146.5 SYR/U
1/9/16 SYR 73 UNC 84 7.5/152.5 UNC/O
1/26/15 UNC 93 SYR 83 -10/138 P/O
1/11/14 SYR 57 UNC 45 -8.5/136 SYR/U
11/20/09 SYR 87 UNC 71 1.5/159.5 SYR/U

North Carolina: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS UNC FG Opp FG Reb
2/17/18 @LOU 93-76 (W) -1/154 WO 36/74 28/62 41-30
2/12/18 ND 83-66 (W) -10/151.5 WU 32/60 22/58 38-25
2/10/18 @NCST 96-89 (W) -4/161.5 WO 40/71 35/64 37-20
2/8/18 DUKE 82-78 (W) -1.5/167.5 WU 30/77 30/62 41-34
2/3/18 PITT 96-65 (W) -23.5/141.5 WO 36/70 23/60 43-24
1/30/18 @CLEM 78-82 (L) -2/144.5 LO 28/62 24/61 36-31
1/27/18 NCST 91-95 (L) (OT) -12.5/161 LO 38/72 34/76 41-30
1/22/18 @VT 69-80 (L) -3.5/163.5 LU 27/63 30/63 32-34
1/20/18 GT 80-66 (W) -13.5/140 WO 28/66 29/60 42-22
1/16/18 CLEM 87-79 (W) -7.5/147 WO 26/51 27/56 26-24

Syracuse: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS SYR FG Opp FG Reb
2/17/18 @MIA 62-55 (W) 4/128.5 WU 25/52 20/59 31-23
2/14/18 NCST 70-74 (L) -5/142 LO 23/44 27/49 23-20
2/11/18 WAKE 78-70 (W) -7/134 WO 23/50 24/55 35-28
2/5/18 @LOU 78-73 (W) 7/132 WO 25/53 24/52 32-31
2/3/18 UVA 44-59 (L) 6.5/114 LU 17/51 23/47 23-29
1/31/18 @GT 51-55 (L) 0/121.5 LU 15/50 21/63 38-34
1/27/18 @PITT 60-55 (W) -10.5/122 LU 19/54 18/65 45-36
1/24/18 BC 81-63 (W) -6.5/132.5 WO 29/48 21/44 27-18
1/16/18 PITT 59-45 (W) -18.5/127 LU 22/51 14/40 27-26
1/13/18 @FSU 90-101 (L) (OT) 4.5/138.5 LO 26/67 33/82 39-45

 

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