Teams that have been heating up lately take on the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup Tuesday night. The Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3 ACC), who have three straight wins and five of six, earn an 80-69 win over North Carolina State on Saturday. The Orange (13-7, 6-3), who have won three of four and 10 of 13, delivered an 80-63 triumph at Georgia Tech on Saturday. UNC and Syracuse are tied with three other teams for third place in the conference, two games behind ACC leader Clemson and one game behind second-placed Virginia.
Advisory from the Syracuse, NY Dome is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET. UNC leads the all-time series 15-6, but teams have split the last four games. The Tar Heels are 4.5-point favorites in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest North Carolina vs. Syracuse odds, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 150. Before making a Syracuse vs. North Carolina selection, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting tips from the SportsLine projection model.
The SportsLine projection model simulates each Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters week 12 of the 45-26 season with top-flight college basketball picks, raking in over $1,100 for $100 players. Everyone who has followed him has seen profitable returns.
Now the model has set its sights on UNC vs. Syracuse and just laid out its picks and CBB predictions. You can now visit SportsLine to see the model selection. Here are the Syracuse vs. UNC college basketball odds and betting lines:
- Spread between North Carolina and Syracuse: North Carolina -4.5
- North Carolina vs. Syracuse Over/Under: 150 points
- Money line between North Carolina and Syracuse: North Carolina -195, Syracuse +162
- UNC: The Under is 4-0 aggregate in the last four games of the Tar Heels
- SYR: The Oranges have gone 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a win percentage above .600
- North Carolina vs. Syracuse Tips: See tips at SportsLine
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Why North Carolina can cover
The Tar Heels are led by senior forward Armando Bacot, who can be dominant. He has 12 double-doubles this season, including a 23-point performance and 18 rebounds in Saturday’s win against NC State. He has had double digits 18 times and 20 or more points 10 times, including in the last two games. In an 80-64 win over James Madison on November 20, he scored 19 points and had a season-high 23 rebounds. For the year, he averages a double-double with 17.8 points and 11.6 rebounds.
Junior guard RJ Davis is also a big part of the team’s success. He averages 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game. Davis has had double-digit points in each of their last nine games, including a 26-point performance on Saturday. He has two double-doubles this season, including a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in a 75-59 win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 10.
Why Syracuse can cover
Senior guard Joseph Girard III is one of three Oranges to score in double figures, averaging 17.5 points per game. He also averages 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He connects 40.9% of his field goals, including 38.2% from 3-point range and 83.9% from the foul stripe. He has 20 or more points in three of his last four games, including 28 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech.
Freshman guard Judah Mintz, who started all 20 games he played in, got off to a flying start in his collegiate career. He averages 14.9 points, 4.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and two steals per game. He has double-digit scoring in 16 games and has a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in an 83-64 win over Georgetown on Dec. 10. He has scored 20 or more points four times.
How to do Syracuse vs. UNC picks
SportsLine’s model leans overall and projects 148 combined points. It also says that one side of the spread hits well over 70% of the time. The model selection is only available from SportsLine.
So who will win UNC vs Syracuse? And which side of the spread applies well over 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump to, all from the advanced model that has been making profitable returns on its college basketball picks this season and find out.