Syracuse guardian Buddy Boeheim (35) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Boston. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)
The Syracuse Orange (7-2) will visit the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-4) on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET
Syracuse was supposed to play the Clemson Tigers, but that game has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
Below you will find the odds, spread, analysis and best bet
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange were originally scheduled to meet on January 2nd, but that game has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Syracuse basketball program. Due to an outbreak in Clemson, the two teams will meet on Tuesday evening.
Syracuse scored a 74-69 win over Georgetown on Saturday, while North Carolina is in full swing after beating Miami in the last action.
North Carolina had dominated the series, winning nine straight times before being slaughtered by Syracuse as a three-point favorite 81-53 in March last year. The tar heels are favored by 3.5 points in this matchup.
Syracuse vs. North Carolina odds
Above 143.5 (-108)
North Carolina tar heels
Below 143.5 (-112)
Chances to win from January 11th at FanDuel.
Syracuse has a heart
In their first return leg after a COVID-19 layoff last Wednesday, the Orange blew a double-digit lead over the Pitt Panthers at halftime and lost the game in the final seconds. The message that went into the game against Georgetown on Saturday was to play the full 40 minutes. The orange did just that, beating the Hoyas 74-69.
Georgetown 69 pic.twitter.com/5rSkmZ0Rv0
– Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) January 10, 2021
Syracuse again took a double-digit lead in the locker room at halftime, but this time in the second half. They were outdone by Georgetown 39-31 in the final half, but they were never in real danger of losing the game. Jahvon Blair poured 16 points while handing out 10 assists and Jamorko Pickett narrowly missed a double double with 17 points and nine boards.
North Carolina needs better guard game
Caleb Love and R.J. Davis was supposed to be the answer to the point guard position for the tar heels this season. To say they were disappointing is a massive understatement. Both shot below 32% off the ground and fought fiercely for North Carolina's victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Fortunately for the tar heels, their forecourt came to play.
🆚 🆚 Miami 📼 # CarolinaFamily pic.twitter.com/bz30Pms7qY
– Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) January 7, 2021
Love and Davis knocked off the ground to a miserable 2v14 win against Miami, but somehow that was enough to get a win. Rechon Black led the way in North Carolina by filling the stats sheet with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Day-Ron Sharpe showed his second consecutive dominant performance with 12 points and 16 boards.
Best betting angle
Offensive efficiency has been an issue for North Carolina since the conference game started a few weeks ago. During the season they are 98.3 points per 100 possessions, making it 162nd in the nation. In the last three games they have dropped to 93.5. In those three games, Love and Davis shot together 8:44 from the ground. Davis didn't hit more than one shot from the ground in any of those games.
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Syracuse should be able to take advantage of the lack of firepower from the guard position as they keep teams at an effective field target percentage of 46.3. They also do not allow teams to reach the free-throw line. Only nine teams in the country allowed fewer free throws per game.
Given the way North Carolina shot the ball, it's hard to imagine they could win this game, let alone cover the four points. As a team, they haven't shot better than 35% in the last two games, and their final opponent, Miami, is a great comparison to Syracuse in terms of defensive efficiency. Both are at 92.6 points per 100 possessions in the season. This should be an ugly game that lasts until your last possession.
Selection: Syracuse +4 (-110)
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