Syracuse Orange vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+4)
The Syracuse Orange (7-2) head to Dean E. Smith Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-4). The spread on this matchup has North Carolina as 4-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 146.
Syracuse comes into this contest with a record of 7-2 so far this season. They are averaging 80.0 pts per contest (52nd in college hoops) while shooting 44.2% from the floor. The Orange are connecting on 32.8% on 3-point shots (79 of 241) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Syracuse is collecting 39.9 boards per game and has accumulated 163 dimes on the season, which ranks 82nd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 14.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Orange are able to force 17.0 turnovers per game while drawing 17.6 fouls. They give up 30.0% on shots from distance while they are 119th in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.4). The Orange are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.3% (221 of 563) and they surrender 37.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 249th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 146 surrendered on the year.
The Syracuse Orange stepped onto the hardwood against the Georgetown Hoyas and notched a win by a score of 74-69 in their last contest. Syracuse wrapped up the contest having earned a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 out of 62) and made 9 out of their 22 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Orange made 11 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned 33 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 assists for the contest while earning 7 steals and 3 rejections. In terms of defense, Syracuse allowed 43.5% from the field on 27 of 62 shooting. Georgetown distributed 18 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. In addition, the Hoyas collected 28 boards (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Georgetown shot 76.9% at the free throw line by making 10 of 13 attempts. They also buried 11 out of their 32 shots from three-point range.
Buddy Boeheim is one player who came through in this contest. He scored 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He played 37 minutes and collected 5 boards. Boeheim finished the game at 50.0% from the field and also distributed 4 assists. One more player that was a factor in this contest for the Orange was Joseph Girard. He had 3 rebounds and also had 8 assists. He finished the contest at 54.5% from the field for the matchup by shooting 6-of-11 (18 points). When this game wrapped up, Girard was on the court for 37 min.
North Carolina has a win-loss mark of 7-4 this year. North Carolina has tallied 795 pts this season (72.3 per contest) and they pull in 44.8 rebounds per game. The Tar Heels commit 17.8 fouls per contest while shooting 67.6% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Tar Heels are shooting 41.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 276th in the nation. They are earning an assist 13.5 times per contest (169th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 15.8 times per contest. The Tar Heels on the defensive side of the court are 131st in the country in points allowed per contest with 67.9. They are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the field (132nd in college hoops). The North Carolina defense surrenders 34.7% on three-point shots (90 of 259) and opponents are connecting on 62.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 12.5 assists and 32.2 boards every game, which is 149th and 68th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the North Carolina Tar Heels went home victorious with a score of 67-65 when they faced the Miami Hurricanes. The Tar Heels earned 30 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 43 for the matchup. They also rejected 6 shots while getting 9 steals in the game. The Hurricanes committed 17 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Tar Heels to the charity stripe for a total of 22 shots. They were able to bury 16 of the free throw tries for a clip of 72.7%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, North Carolina made 9 out of 20 tries (45.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Tar Heels finished the game shooting 21 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.4%. The Tar Heels permitted the Hurricanes to bury 22 out of 63 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.9% for the matchup. They went 18.8% from three-point range by going 3 out of 16 and finished the game at 18 of 22 from the free throw line (81.8%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, North Carolina allowed Miami to grab 31 overall (9 offensive).
Leaky Black pitched in for the Tar Heels in the matchup. He converted 6 out of 9 in this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Black grabbed 9 boards in his 34 minutes and had 3 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for North Carolina was Kerwin Walton. He accumulated 13 points in 21 minutes played via 4 of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Walton ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while also earning 4 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Syracuse (+4)
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