On Tuesday night, the Syracuse Orange will go on the road to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in an ACC showdown. Syracuse comes in with an 18-9 record and is in 6th place in the ACC. North Carolina is ranked 5th with a 22-5 record, and they are in 3rd place in the ACC.
North Carolina Tries to Keep Wins Coming
Syracuse is coming off a 75-65 loss to Duke on Saturday. Syracuse held a 5-point lead at halftime but was outscored by 15 in the second half. Tyus Battle led the way with 16 points but had an abysmal night shooting the ball, going just 4 for 17 from the field. Elijah Hughes tallied 12 points on 4 of 11 shooting and led the Orange in rebounds with 7. Frank Howard and Marek Dolezaj each chipped in 10 points on a combined 8 of 20 shooting. Oshae Brissett added 7 points, 6 rebounds, and a team-high 4 assists.
North Carolina is coming off a solid 77-59 win over Florida St on Saturday. The Tar Heels were tested in the first half but pulled away for the comfortable win in the second period. Cameron Johnson and Nassir Little each tallied 18 points to tie for the team lead in points. Johnson shot 6 for 13 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds while Little went 6 for 11 from the field and grabbed 8 rebounds. Luke Maye added 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting and led the team on the glass with 11 rebounds. Coby White chipped in 10 points and led the team with 4 assists.
Battle Leads Syracuse
Syracuse is led by Tyus Battle in the scoring column as he averages 17.1 points per game. He is followed by Elijah Hughes who scores 13.7 a game and Oshae Brissett who adds 13 a game. Brissett also leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 per game. Frank Howard is the leading assister with 2.8 a game and chips in 8.1 points each contest. Syracuse has not been great on offense this season as they are averaging 69.8 points per game on 42% shooting. They are allowing opponents to score 64.1 points per game. Syracuse is 5-2 on the road this season.
The Tar Heels are led in scoring by Cameron Johnson, who is averaging 16.7 points a game and shooting an outrageous 47.3% from 3-point range. He is followed by freshman superstar Coby White and senior Luke Maye, who average 15.2 and 15.1 points per game, respectively. White leads the team in assists with 4.2 a game and Maye leads the Tar Heels on the glass with 9.9 a game. Freshman Nassir Little averages 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds each game. The Tar Heels are averaging 87.1 points per game on 47.4% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 72.7 a game. UNC is 12-2 at home this season.
North Carolina Will Come Out On Top
North Carolina comes in at -12. Syracuse hasn’t been terrible this season but has absolutely zero depth as they use only 7 players a game. On the other side, North Carolina has been hot lately coming off the blowout at Duke and get a good amount of production from their bench. Syracuse does have some experience, so the environment won’t rattle them too much. However, I think the quick scoring pace of North Carolina will be too much for this Syracuse team with their depth problems. I think UNC puts up nearly 100 in a 15+ point victory. Take North Carolina -12.
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