Syracuse vs. North Carolina
College Basketball Pick: Syracuse +11 point spread (January 26th 2015)
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Syracuse enters this game vs Nort Carolina off a disappointing 66-62 loss to Miami on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Im pretty certain they were not concentrating on the task at hand and looking ahead to this game instead. Syracuse (14-6 for the year, 5-2 in the ACC) is talented despite of being offensively challenged, and immature in their approach to games despite of having one of the top coaches in basketball at the helm (Jim Boheim) ,Meanwhile, North Carolina (16-4 overall, 6-1 ACC) is now performing at the proverbial top of the performance spectrum . The Tar Heels have won 10 of their last 11 games, including the last five in a row. Thus thanks to these discrepancies we have a bloated underdog line to bet into.
Despite of what the talking heads might think, Im betting Jim Boeheim’s use of the 2-3 zone defense, gives fits to the Roy Williams Tar Heels one true weakness ,which is their perimeter offense. Other than Marcus Paige , the Heels trey conversion rate is just 43-160 from downtown, for a ugly .268 %. With good rebounding behind Michael Gbinije, and speedy transition, the Orange should score above their season average because of this. It must be noted that the Orange are 8-0 SU when they score 70 or more points in regulation.
While upset might be a difficult proposition to swallow ,taking the points in this contest does, however, seem quite palatable.
Tar Heels are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. Atlantic Coast.Tar Heels are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.