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North Carolina Tar Heels Expected to Dominate Syracuse in ACC Matchup

In an upcoming ACC matchup, the North Carolina Tar Heels will face off against the Syracuse Orange in upstate New York. The Tar Heels enter the game with an impressive overall record of 19-5 and a conference record of 11-2. On the other hand, the Orange, led by new head coach Adrian Autry, have a season record of 15-9 and a conference record of 6-7. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM EST and North Carolina is favored to win, with the betting line currently at -8.5 in their favor.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Tar Heels -375 | Orange +291
  • Spread: Tar Heels -8.5 (-110) | Orange +8.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 157 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that North Carolina will win straight-up is 79%.

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North Carolina Tar Heels

The North Carolina Tar Heels had a successful road win against Miami, further solidifying their chances of securing a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Led by RJ Davis and Elliott Cadeau's combined 44 points, the team overcame a halftime deficit to claim their 18th victory of the season. With an 11-2 record in conference play and a 6-1 away record, the Tar Heels are performing well. Armando Bacot also had an impressive game, achieving his 79th career double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Moving forward, the Tar Heels have the opportunity to hinder Syracuse's tournament aspirations with a win in their next game. In terms of statistics, the Tar Heels rank first in points per game within the conference. They sit eighth in overall field goal shooting and seventh in 3-point shooting. Defensively, they rank seventh in scoring defense, second in field goal defense, and first in 3-point defense in the conference. Additionally, the Tar Heels have excelled in rebounding and hold the top position in total rebounding within the ACC. However, they rank eighth in turnovers per game. In terms of injuries, Seth Trimble is considered questionable with an upper body injury. Overall, North Carolina has a power ranking of 91 and is ranked 23rd in offense, averaging 82.78 points per game. Defensively, they are ranked 137th, allowing an average of 70.35 points against them per game. In terms of shooting percentages, the Tar Heels hit 44.96% of their field goals (166th rank), 75.31% of their free throws (51st rank), and 35.25% of their three-pointers (114th rank). They excel in rebounding, averaging 41.35 rebounds per game (8th rank), and have 14.22 offensive assists and 10.22 turnovers per game (119th and 47th rank, respectively). Defensively, they allow opponents to make 40.29% of their field goals (28th rank), 74.44% of their free throws (326th rank), and 30.00% of their three-pointers (26th rank). The Tar Heels also average 34.52 defensive rebounds per game (34th rank) and achieve 10.17 defensive assists and 11.35 turnovers per game (14th and

Syracuse Orange Analysis

The Syracuse Orange suffered their second home loss of the season on Saturday, falling to Clemson 76-68. Despite a comeback from a 15-point deficit, Syracuse was unable to maintain their momentum as Clemson pulled away in the end. Chris Bell and JJ Starling both scored 16 points in the game, with Starling impressively scoring all of his points in the second half. Judah Mintz and Quadir Copeland also contributed double-digit scoring with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Under Autry's leadership, Syracuse has adopted a new playing style, emphasizing speed and reducing their use of zone defense. While the transition has not been flawless, the team still has a good chance of securing a tournament berth with their 15 wins. In terms of conference rankings, Syracuse currently ranks seventh in scoring offense, tenth in field goal shooting, eleventh in 3-point shooting, and twelfth in 3-point field goals per game. Defensively, they are thirteenth in scoring defense, fourteenth in field goal defense, and eighth in 3-point defense. Additionally, the Orange are eleventh in total rebounding and third in turnovers per game in the ACC.

There are key injuries to consider, with center Peter Carey being questionable and center Naheem McLeod out for the year due to a foot injury.

From a statistical standpoint, Syracuse has a power ranking of 268. Their offense ranks 126th, averaging 75.96 points per game. They have a field goal percentage of 44.85%, ranking 171st, and a three-point percentage of 32.79%, ranking 239th. Free throw shooting stands at 71.09%, ranking 207th. On the rebounding front, they average 35.39 rebounds per game, ranking 194th. They also average 14.00 offensive assists and 12.00 turnovers per game, ranking 129th and 189th respectively. Defensively, they allow opponents to shoot 44.55% from the field, ranking 238th, and 69.27% from the free-throw line, ranking 67th. They allow opponents to shoot 32.84% from the three-point line, ranking 151st. Defensively, they average 38.52 defensive rebounds per game, ranking 38th. In terms of turnovers, they average 13.83 defensive assists and 14.91 turnovers per game, ranking 269

University of North Carolina Expected to Dominate Syracuse in the Paint, Favorable Outcome Anticipated

The University of North Carolina men's basketball team is expected to have a significant advantage in the paint against Syracuse University on Tuesday evening. Due to the absence of both McLeod, who sustained a season-ending injury earlier this month, and Carey, who is uncertain to play in the upcoming game, Syracuse is lacking in size and depth in their center position. This puts them at a disadvantage against the dominant presence of Bacot, who is likely to be prominently featured by the Tar Heels. The strategy of forcing Syracuse to double-team Bacot will create opportunities for North Carolina's skilled perimeter shooters, particularly considering Syracuse's below-average ranking of 8th in 3-point defense. Syracuse's offensive capabilities may not be sufficient to keep up with the Tar Heels during this matchup. As a result, I anticipate a favorable outcome for North Carolina, improving their road record to an impressive 7-1 this season. Consequently, I recommend supporting the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for this upcoming game.

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