NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds: North Carolina vs. Syracuse Predictions

Brandon Hurley is back with his pick of the day for Monday's college basketball slate
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Mon, March 1, 6:44 AM EST

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Syracuse Orange

The heels travel to the Carrier Dome coming off a huge win at home against a very good Florida State team. Syracuse is coming off back to back losses to Georgia Tech and Duke. In the first matchup, UNC dominated at home against ‘Cuse. The Heels absolutely pounded the boards in the first matchup and I’m sure they will do the same second time around. UNC is an absolute wagon down low. The one worry I have for this UNC team is going to be the scoring. They will have to be filling it up to keep up with Syracuse high scoring offense.

This will be a big game for Syracuse to end the season on a positive note. They will need t be able to defend the heels inside and rebound to compete in this game. I think the Syracuse guards will show up and have no problem scoring points. Syracuse is backed by 3 guys that can absolutely torch you from 3 point range at any given time. Look for the Orange to have it rolling and torching 3 pointers come Monday night.

The Pick: Syracuse +2 @ -109

Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks

Two of the better teams in the PAC 12 meet Monday night as Arizona heads north to The University of Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena to take on the ducks. Arizona is backed by Georgetown transfer James Akinjo who is having a very good year averaging 15  and 5 a game for the wildcats. The first meeting between these two saw Akinjo have one of his worst games of the year only dropping in 8 points. I will expect Akinjo to show up next time around with a little help from Tubelis down low.

Oregon is eyeing a conference championship. Despite after getting absolutely waxed by double digits to USC, Oregon still finds themselves only one game behind UCLA in the conference title race. Oregon is led by Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa, along with help from Eugene Omoruyi.

I think Oregon will have a hard time containing Akinjo this time around. Wildcats want revenge from last time and are playing hard. Give me the cats.

The pick: Arizona +5 @ -110

NCAAB Expert Picks

Syracuse +2 @ -109 (Click to bet)

Arizona +5 @ -110 (Click to bet)

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