Syracuse Orange at North Carolina Tar Heels Pick 2/26/19

February 26, 9:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
UNC -12.5

No. 8 North Carolina will host Syracuse on Tuesday night, as tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. from Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels hold a 22-5 overall record, and a 12-2 record in ACC conference play this season. They are amidst a three-way tie for first place with Virginia and Duke, who they defeated at home a couple games ago. North Carolina also lost to Virginia in their only matchup this year but could try and grab first in the conference with a win over Syracuse.

The Orange are currently tied for fifth place in the ACC with Florida State, as they both hold a 9-5 conference record. Syracuse has gone 18-9 this season and now prepare for their first meeting with North Carolina this season. The Orange lost both matchups last season, as the Tar Heels have won their last seven matchups against Syracuse. Despite playing in the same conference, these two teams have only faced off 15 times. North Carolina has been victorious in 11 of those matchups, as ESPN’s matchup predictor is giving them am 89.9% chance to win on Tuesday. North Carolina is the favorite in this game.

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Tar Heels Playing Great Basketball

The Tar Heels enter this game on a three-game winning streak with their most recent coming against No. 16 Florida State. They won 77-59, as Cameron Johnson led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Nassir Little also tacked on 18 points, and Luke Maye dropped 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Seminoles. It was really Maye and Johnson who took over in the win against Duke once Zion Williamson exited with a knee injury. Take away the loss against Virginia and the Tar Heels have been on fire winning 10 of their last 11 games. Johnson leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game with Coby White second on the team averaging 15.2 points. Maye leads nearly averages a double-double with 15.1 points and a team-high 9.9 rebounds. Little has shown a lot of flashes averaging 9.7 points but only plays around 18.3 minutes per game. Head coach Roy Williams has his team playing well, as they look to close out the rest of their season before entering tournament play.

Orange Have Plenty on Mind

Syracuse has been dealing with a lot lately following the car accident head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in. Boeheim was involved in an accident last Wednesday night that resulted in the death of Jorge Jimenez, said the incident is "something that will be with me for the rest of my life." Boeheim was able to return to the bench against Duke in their last game that resulted in a 75-65 loss. One of the best head coaches in college basketball will try to put less attention on him and more emphasis on the play of his team as they travel to play North Carolina. Tyus Battle leads the way in scoring, putting up a team-high 17.1 points per game. Then you have the two forwards Elijah Hughes and Oshae Brissett. Hughes is averaging 13.7 points, while Brissett averages 13 points per game with a team-high 7.8 rebounds.

Orange at Tarheels Prediction 02/26/2019

This is a Syracuse team that can pull off an upset, as they defeated No. 1 Duke earlier this season in overtime. Perhaps the team can get off to a hot start against North Carolina to get back on track and finish the season off strong. Do not count on it though. The Tar Heels are one of the top teams in the country.

Free Pick: 
Take North Carolina to win this game by 12.5

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