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North Carolina vs. Syracuse prediction, odds: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 24 best bets by proven model

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The North Carolina Tar Heels look to continue their success against the Atlantic Coast Conference-rival Syracuse Orange when they meet on Tuesday in Syracuse, N.Y. The Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3 ACC) are 4-2 all-time in games played at Syracuse, and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Orange (13-7, 6-3). Syracuse has won three of its last four games, and has compiled a 9-3 record on its home court this season. UNC has struggled on the road this year, where it is 1-4.

The game from the Dome will tip off at 9 p.m. ET. UNC is averaging 79.6 points per game, while Syracuse averages 75.6. The Tar Heels are 4.5-point favorites in the latest North Carolina vs. Syracuse odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 148. Before making any Syracuse vs. North Carolina picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 12 of the season 45-26 on all-top rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 players. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on UNC vs. Syracuse and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Syracuse vs. UNC:

  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse spread: North Carolina -4.5
  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse over/under: 148 points
  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse money line: North Carolina -195, Syracuse +162
  • UNC: The Under is 4-0 in the Tar Heels’ last four games overall
  • SYR: The Orange are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning % above .600
  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why North Carolina can cover

Junior guard Caleb Love has been consistent this season, averaging 16.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, three assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is coming off back-to-back 16-point efforts in wins over North Carolina State and Boston College. His best game was a 34-point, nine rebound effort in a 103-101 overtime loss to No. 18 Alabama on Nov. 27 at the Phil Knight Invitational. He has reached double-figure scoring in 17 games, and scored 20 or more five times.

Also helping power the Tar Heels is senior forward Pete Nance. The Northwestern transfer averages 10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He is hitting on 48.3% of his field goals and 78.4% of his free throws. Nance has reached double-figure scoring eight times, and has registered two double-doubles. The last time was an 18-point, 10-rebound effort at Virginia Tech in an 80-72 loss on Dec. 4.

Why Syracuse can cover 

Senior guard Joseph Girard III is one of three Orange who average double-figure scoring at 17.5 points per game. He is also averaging 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He is connecting on 40.9% of his field goals, including 38.2% from 3-point range, and 83.9% from the foul stripe. He has scored 20 or more points in three of the last four games, including a 28-point, seven assist and five rebound performance in the win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Freshman guard Judah Mintz, who has started all 20 games he’s played in, is off to a fast start to his collegiate career. He averages 14.9 points, 4.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and two steals per game. He has reached double-digit scoring in 16 games, and has one double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in an 83-64 win over Georgetown on Dec. 10. He has scored 20 or more points four times.

How to make Syracuse vs. UNC picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 70% of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine. 

So who wins UNC vs. Syracuse? And which side of the spread hits well over 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has seen profitable returns on its college basketball picks this season, and find out.

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