NC State vs Syracuse ACC Tournament

NC State vs Syracuse ACC Tournament | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

Written by on March 9, 2021

Absolutely huge game from the ACC Tournament on Wednesday with both ninth-seeded NC State and No. 8 Syracuse on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The loser probably will not be going to the Big Dance, while the winner gets top-seeded Virginia on Thursday. The Orange should be slight favorites on the NCAAB odds over the Wolfpack. Syracuse is +5000 to win the ACC Tournament and NC State +10000.

How to Bet NC State vs. Syracuse NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, noon ET
  • Where: Greensboro (NC) Coliseum
  • TV: ACC Network
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA (Syracuse will be favored)

Last Meeting

The Orange won both regular-season meetings. The schools last played on Feb. 9 at Syracuse and the final scores was 77-68. Alan Griffin scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers, and Buddy Boeheim added 16 points and three 3s for SU. Griffin and Robert Braswell made a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to help Syracuse take the first double-digit lead of the game at 65-55 with 8:16 left. N.C. State pulled within 67-64, but Boeheim started an 8-0 run to keep Syracuse in front by double digits the rest of the way.

Why Bet on NC State? | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

NC State (13-9) closed the regular season with a fifth straight win last Wednesday, 80-69 at Notre Dame.  The Wolfpack were to play Saturday vs. Virginia Tech but that was canceled.

Freshman guard Cam Hayes led the Pack with a career-high 20 points and four rebounds while redshirt freshman guard Dereon Seabron recorded his first career double-double with career-highs in points (17) and rebounds (13) against the Irish. Junior forward Jericole Hellems also reached double figures with 13 points and six rebounds. Notre Dame took its one and only lead on the first basket of the game.

NC State has now won five consecutive ACC road games, the most consecutive road wins for the program since the 1973-74 season.

Manny Bates was named to the ACC’s All-Defensive team and Hellems earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors as the league announced the 2020-21 season awards Monday morning. Bates is on pace to lead the ACC in blocks for the second consecutive season. He currently leads the conference in blocks in all games with a 2.95 blocks per game average. He led the conference in league-only games with a 2.75 blocks per game average. In 21 games this season, Bates has had multiple blocks in 14 games and has had three or more blocks in 11 games.

Hellems, a junior, is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. He has upped his scoring to 14.7 points per game since Devon Daniels was injured and lost for the season on Jan. 27. In addition to averaging a career-best in points and rebounds this season, Hellems is also putting up the best field goal percentage (46.5), three-point field goal percentage (40.0), assists (1.6) and steals (1.0) averages of his career.

Why Bet on Syracuse? | 2021 NCAA Basketball Expert Analysis

The Orange (15-8) won their second in a row last Wednesday to close the regular season, 64-54 over Clemson. Alan Griffin tallied a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the Orange. Griffin’s double-double was his fifth of the season, tying him for the fifth-most double-doubles in the conference.

Syracuse scored 11 unanswered points, nine of which came on three triples from Griffin, to open the second half and extend its lead to 14. The Tigers failed to cut the Syracuse advantage to single-digits over the remainder of the contest. The finished 13-1 at home this season.

The win improved Syracuse’s record in the Dome to 13-1 (.929), its highest home winning percentage since 19-0 mark in the 2011-12 season. The victory was also Syracuse’s 600th victory inside the Carrier Dome.

Sophomore Quincy Guerrier was named third team and Griffin, a junior, honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference in voting by the league’s coaches and select media members.

Guerrier is averaging 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and has started all 23 contests for Syracuse this winter. He has scored in double digits 18 times and has a squad-best seven double-doubles in 2020-21. Griffin has started 22 of 23 games for the Orange. He’s averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game heading into this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro. Griffin has scored 20-or-more points eight times and has produced double-digit scoring in 18 contests.

The Orange have been in the 8/9 game two other times since joining the ACC. In 2017, ‘Cuse lost to Miami in the second round and failed to make the NCAA Tournament. The year before, they were ninth and lost to Pitt in the second round of the ACC tourney but could eventually reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

Expert Prediction

  • Syracuse 74, NC State 72

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