Syracuse at North Carolina: 2/28/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Syracuse at North Carolina: 2/28/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (21-8) vs Syracuse Orange (15-14)

Game Info: Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Dean E. Smith Center)

Betting Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 161.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Monday in an ACC college basketball showdown at the Dean Smith Center. When these two teams faced off in March of 2021 it was Syracuse that won 72-70. 

Syracuse comes into this game with a 15-14 record overall and they have gone 14-15 against the spread. The last game against Duke was an ugly one giving up 97 points on the way to a blowout loss. Syracuse is averaging 76.8 points while their defense is giving up 74.8 points per game. The top player all season has been Buddy Boeheim who is averaging 19.1 points while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from behind the three point line. There are five different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the North Carolina Tar Heels who sit with a 21-8 record and they have gone 13-15-1 against the spread. In the last game against the NC State Wolfpack, North Carolina won 84-74. The Tar Heels are averaging 77.7 points while their defense is giving up 72.1 points per game. Armando Barcot has been the top player for North Carolina this year averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field. There are four different players that are averaging at least 13.2 points per game. 

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Syracuse is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. The over is 8-1 in Syracuse’s last seven games played on Monday. The over is 4-1 in North Carolina’s last five home games. The Tar Heels are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

This total is one of the top plays on the board. North Carolina is an elite offensive team and Syracuse’s defense hasn’t been good. I expect North Carolina is going to have no issue running up the score and might get close to the 100 point mark. I also expect Syracuse will score at least 80 and this game is going to go over the total. 

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