Syracuse vs. North Carolina Basketball Predictions, Odds & Picks (Tuesday, Jan. 24)

North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) reacts after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
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It’s Super Tuesday in the college basketball world, and Syracuse is set to face UNC on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The game is scheduled for 9 pm ET while airing on ESPN. UNC enters this game as 4.5-point favorites with the total set at 150. How will this one play out? Let’s dive into the Syracuse vs. North Carolina predictions below.

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Odds

  • Spread: UNC -4.5
  • Total: 150

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Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 24
  • Time: 9 pm ET
  • Location: JMA Wireless Dome — Syracuse, NY
  • TV: ESPN

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Syracuse Betting Trends

  • Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Over is 11-1 in Orange last 12 overall.
  • Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

UNC Betting Trends

  • Tar Heels are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
  • Under is 4-0 in Tar Heels last 4 overall.
  • Tar Heels are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Game Preview

North Carolina has been on a roll lately, winning five out of its last six games. Its only loss in this span came from a 65-58 defeat to No. 10 Virginia. The Tar Heels have been building momentum, as evidenced by their 80-69 victory over NC State on Saturday. The standout player for North Carolina was forward Armando Bacot, who recorded 23 points and 18 rebounds. Guard RJ Davis also contributed to the win with 26 points and four boards.

Similarly, Syracuse has been trending upward with three wins in its last four games. However, they have struggled against teams in the upper echelon of the ACC, losing to Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Miami FL. North Carolina can be classified in this group, so it will be interesting to see if the Orange can hold their own at home in this nationally televised contest. 

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Prediction

North Carolina should come out on top in a tough road contest. The Tar Heels have a clear advantage on the glass, as Syracuse ranks 342nd in opponent rebound rate. That means it’s time for Bacot and company to feast on the offensive boards. On top of that, Caleb Smith and R.J. Davis have been heating up, and that will come in handy while shooting over Syracuse’s zone defense.

The Pick: North Carolina -4.5 | -110 at FanDuel Sportsbook