North Carolina vs. Syracuse Prediction, Odds and Key Players for Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Over or Under?)

College basketball betting preview, prediction and best bets for North Carolina vs. Syracuse on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Ingram (55)
Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Ingram (55) / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina got back to its winning ways over the weekend, knocking off Miami on the road.

Can the Tar Heels keep on winning away from Chapel Hill against Syracuse in an expected shootout? UNC was able to destroy Syracuse back on January 13th, 103-67, and will look for a similar result on Tuesday.

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North Carolina vs. Syracuse Odds, Spread and Total

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Betting Trends

  • Syracuse is 9-15 against the spread (ATS) this season
  • North Carolina is 14-10 ATS this season
  • Syracuse is 3-7 ATS as an underdog this season
  • North Carolina has gone UNDER in seven of the last 10 games

North Carolina vs. Syracuse How to Watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Venue: JMA Wireless Dome
  • How to Watch (TV): ESPN
  • [Away Team] Record: 19-5
  • [Home Team] Record: 15-9

North Carolina vs. Syracuse Key Players to Watch

North Carolina

RJ Davis: Davis put up 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists in the Tar Heels road win at Miami over the weekend, but now faces a far more aggressive Syracuse defense that is leading the ACC in turnover rate. Can the front runner for ACC Player of the Year play a clean game on Tuesday?


Judah Mintz: The sophomore does it all for the Orange, scoring more than 18 points per game while dishing out nearly five assists and racking up more than two steals per game. However, he couldn't keep the Orange afloat in Chapel Hill last month as Syracuse got blasted 103-67. Can he play a better game in front of the home crowd?

North Carolina vs. Syracuse Prediction and Pick

Syracuse's defense has been pretty predictable, if the team isn't generating turnovers, then the Orange are letting up baskets.

The team is tops in turnover percentage in ACC play, but is also allowing the highest effective field goal percentage in the league at over 56%. The team is also terrible on the defensive glass, 14th in DREB%, which is a huge issue against the Tar Heels, who are the best offensive rebounding team in the ACC.

Both teams love to push the pace, each are inside the top 40 nationally in terms of adjusted tempo according to KenPom, and that should make for a high scoring affair.

The Tar Heels hung north of 100 on the Orange last month, and I see few ways for the Orange to hold up against North Carolina, who has an elite ball handler in RJ Davis and emerging second fiddle in the backcourt in Elliot Cadeau.

I'm going to lay off the spread and instead rely on the UNC offense to carry me to a winning bet, I'll take the Heels to clear its team total of 83.5.

PICK: North Carolina Team Total OVER 83.5 (-106)

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