Planning on watching today’s Tar Heels and Orange game? Catch the action at JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, NY, as the Orange hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN. North Carolina come into this Atlantic Coast conference matchup as the -8 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 157 points.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS VS SYRACUSE ORANGE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Syracuse Orange +8

This game will be played at JMA Wireless Dome at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 13th.

WHY BET THE SYRACUSE ORANGE:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Orange.
  • Not only will Syracuse pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Will North Carolina Come Through as Road Favorites?

North Carolina is 19-5 on the season and 11-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. On the road, the Tar Heels have gone 7-3, and their average scoring margin is +5.2 points per game.

They are coming off a 75-72 win over Miami (FL), and over their last 10 road games, they have gone 7-3.

North Carolina has an overall ATS record of 14-10 this season, and they are 6-4 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tar Heels have gone 6-4 ATS.

On the season, the over/under record for North Carolina games is 12-12. Today’s over/under line of 157 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (154). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 159 points.

In their latest game, North Carolina offense put up 75 points against Miami (FL). They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 40.7% and made 11 threes. On the offensive front, the Tar Heels have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, ranking 205th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 143rd in terms of percentage and 141st in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the North Carolina defense is giving up an average of 70.4 points per contest. North Carolina’s three-point defense is currently 120th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.4% of their shots vs. North Carolina.

Can the Orange Lock in a Home Win?

After losing their last game to Clemson, the Orange’s overall record stands at 15-9. They have gone 6-7 in ACC play compared to their 9-2 non-conference record. Syracuse has gone 12-3 at home this season, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 8-2.

On the year, the Orange have been the underdog in 10 games, going just 2-8. As the underdog, their average scoring margin is -6.6 points per game. So far, Syracuse has been the underdog in 10 games.

As the underdog this season, Syracuse has gone just 2-8 against the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 6-9. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Orange are only 2-8 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 157 is higher than the season average over/under line in Syracuse games (150.9) and their over/under record is 12-12. So far, 19 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 166 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 5-5.

Compared to their season average of 75.6 points per game, Syracuse struggled in their previous game. Against Clemson, the Orange scored 68 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 39.1%. The top scorer for the Orange was Chris Bell with 16 points, while J.J. Starling also chipped in with 16 points.

Coming into today’s game, the Syracuse defense is giving up an average of 74.5 points per contest. Syracuse’s three-point defense is currently 160th in the country at 7.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.3% of their shots vs. Syracuse.