|-3 UNC (-105) @ pinnacle|
3 of 4 Experts (75%) with a pick against the spread are aligned. 8* play on the North Carolina Tar Heels (Spread).
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North Carolina showed us very clearly yesterday with their blowout win over Virginia Tech that they were a ‘bet-on’ team moving forward in this tournament; their only chance to secure an NCAA Tournament bid. And let’s not forget that even after a season’s worth of injuries and struggles, the Tar Heels have Top 20 talent and some positive momentum with four wins in their last five games; the lone loss coming at Duke.
Jim Boeheim hasn’t found any level of success in the ACC Tournament like he used to find in the Big East tourney – the Orange are just 2-5 SU in ACC tourney play over the last five seasons. Syracuse lost by 13 at home to the Tar Heels less than two weeks ago as North Carolina had little difficulty picking apart Boeheim’s matchup zone. That marked nine straight North Carolina wins in this series since 2014; each and every one of those wins by enough of a margin to cover tonight’s pointspread.
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We were on UNC yesterday and picked up an easy win as the routed Va Tech. We like the Heels again for many of the same reasons we stated yesterday. This is a very talented team that simply had a poor season. They have new life now with a shot to make the NCAA tourney and we felt they play as they’d play well and they did. UNC is on a nice roll right now winning 4 of their last 5 with their only loss coming @ Duke in a game that was closer than the final score indicated. Much of their late season success is because this team is finally fully healthy. Their top players, Cole Anthony, missed 11 games due injury. Their 3rd leading scorer, Brandon Robinson, also missed time because of an injury and these two were rarely on the court at the same time. Now they are healthy and in yesterday’s win over the Hokies they combined for 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists. They were also both healthy when the Tar Heels faced this Syracuse team in the Carrier Dome late in the season. UNC rolled to an easy 92-79 win in that game and it was the home finale for the Orange. North Carolina is one of the top rebounding teams in the nation and that showed last night as they gathered a huge 45 boards to just 30 for VT. They were +9 on the glass @ Syracuse gathering 40% of their misses in that game in the Dome. We see nothing changing here as the Cuse is the worst defensive rebounding team in the ACC and 329th nationally. Add that to the fact that UNC is starting to play very well offensively averaging 85 PPG, 48% shooting, and 42% from 3 over their last 5 games while scoring more than 1.10 PPP in 4 of those 5 games, and it will be very tough for Syracuse to stay in this one. The Orange had 10 ACC wins, however 6 of those came against the 4 lowest rated teams in the league (BC twice, Pitt twice, Wake, and Va Tech). They are heading in the opposite direction losing 7 of their last 11 including a setback vs Miami FL (7-13 in the ACC) despite the Canes playing without their leading scorer. UNC already proved they could handle Syracuse and that was on the road. Now on a neutral court where the Heels were able to get comfortable playing yesterday (@ UNC Greensboro) we give them a big advantage here.
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