North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Syracuse (15-14, 9-9 ACC) takes on UNC (21-8, 13-5 ACC) Monday, February 28th at 7:00 pm ET in Chapel Hill
The Orange got blown out 97-72 by No. 7 Duke at home the last time out on Saturday, while the Tar Heels beat NC State 84-74 on the road the same day
See the current Syracuse vs UNC odds, point spread, and game total, plus predictions
The Syracuse Orange (15-14, 9-9 ACC) — who have lost three of their last five — take on the UNC Tar Heels (21-8, 13-5 ACC) in college basketball on Monday at the Dean Dome.
Tip off is at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN.
Syracuse vs UNC Odds
O 157 (-110)
U 157 (-110)
Odds as of February 27th, 2022 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
UNC is a seven-point favorite over Syracuse, while the total is 157. At -295 on the moneyline, the Tar Heels have a 74.68% implied win probability.
Syracuse is not expected to make the NCAA Tournament, while UNC is projected as a No. 12 seed in the West Region pert the latest March Madness bracket projection. The Tar Heels are +3000 longshots in the odds to make the Final Four.
Jim Boeheim’s team struggled mightily against the Blue Devils for a second time this season. Buddy Boeheim led the ‘Cuse with 23 points in a 25-point demolition. Joe Girard added 18 as the Orange are missing the services of 6-foot-11 center Jesse Edwards — who is out for the season with a broken wrist.
Meantime, Hubert Davis saw Armando Bacot have an incredibly efficient evening against the Wolfpack in a 10-point win. The team’s leading scorer went 11-of-13 from the field, finishing with 28 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks — while three other players each scored 16 — as North Carolina outrebounded NC State 46-25.
UNC Owns Syracuse in H2H History
The Tar Heels absolutely own the Orange in head-to-head history, taking 10 of the last 12 matchups dating back to the 2014-15 season. A silver lining for Boeheim’s boys? Syracuse has taken two of the last three in the series. The ‘Cuse looked bad in its last outing, though.
After Buddy’s 23, the home team tried its best to keep up with Coach K’s crew in the coaching legend’s last last visit to the Carrier Dome. Bourama Sidibe scored a season-high 11, his highest total since the last game of the 2019-20 season, and Benny Williams had a career-high 14. But it wasn’t enough to offset Duke’s offensive onslaught that included a season-high 26 assists on 35 baskets.
Syracuse is 6-3 in it last nine games and following Saturday’s contest, Boeheim reiterated his intentions to return next season — so there shouldn’t be any distractions heading into Monday’s tilt in Chapel Hill.
The Orange are still one of the more efficient squads in the country in handling the rock, owning a 16th-best offensive adjusted efficiency and 6th-best offensive non-steal turnover percentage.
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UNC is 6-4-1 ATS in Last 11
While Davis’ dudes are 9-2 straight up over their last 11 games, the Tar Heels are only 6-4-1 against the spread in that same timeframe. One of those wins includes Saturday’s effort against NC State as four-point favorites.
🎥: Highlights from the 84-74 win 🆚 NC State pic.twitter.com/GLaQ3ZwMGk
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 26, 2022
Junior forward Bacot was the star of the show, becoming just the third ACC player over the last 25 years to finish a game with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
The only two losses since Jan. 24 (against Duke and Pittsburgh) came at home. With Monday’s matchup against the Orange coming in the last game of the season at the Dean Dome, rest assured the Tar Heels will be motivated to close out their regular season home schedule with a victory.
Syracuse vs UNC Prediction
The ‘Cuse is only 3-7 on the road this season, while UNC is 14-2 — with those two defeats coming in the last month.
The Orange has talented players, but not as many healthy ones as the Tar Heels at the moment. North Carolina is the play in this spot.
Pick: UNC -7 (-110)