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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Orange over Tar Heels

North Carolina Tar HeelsSyracuse Orange
10-5January 11, 2014, 12:00 | Carrier Dome15-0

The Syracuse Orange will hit the floor running against the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Orange bring a 15-0 record (8-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-5 Tar Heels, who are 7-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Syracuse go 6-5 so far and the Tar Heels go 6-9.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Syracuse opened as -7-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Orange, most recently No. 16 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tar Heels, who rate No. 34 in the latest survey.

North Carolina lost its last outing, a 63-57 result against Miami on January 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. North Carolina suffered a 63-57 loss against Miami on Wednesday, getting 12 points from James Michael McAdoo in a losing effort at Dean Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Syracuse's No. 157-rated squad against North Carolina's No. 9-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Syracuse rates No. 162 in the country with 5.73 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 252 nationally with 3.53 per match.

A few Tar Heels at Orange trends to consider:
North Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games
North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
North Carolina home to Boston College, Saturday, January 18th
Syracuse at Boston College, Monday, January 13th