All eyes are on the start of March Madness next week, but looking ahead too far would mean missing out on the excitement that is Championship Week in college basketball. Each of the conference tournaments are in full swing, and keeping pace with all the games can be tough. We are going to look ahead a little and make some predictions on the ACC Conference Championship. We already know that the North Carolina Tar Heels will be in action on Thursday afternoon, but who they play will depend on who wins the tilt between the Miami Hurricanes and Syracuse Orange on Wednesday. We will take a closer look at the Tar Heels chances of moving on, whilst also breaking down who they will be most likely to face in the next round. We will finish it all up by making a game prediction based on who we believe UNC will be facing. It’s a lot to keep up with, but we will do out very best to give you the best predictions possible. Find the latest NCAA basketball betting lines here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Tar Heels Vs Hurricanes Or Orange Spread, Free Pick & TV Info
When: Thursday, March 9 at 12 PM EST Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn TV: ESPN Live Stream:Watch ESPN NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina finished the regular season with a 26-6 record and the win in the ACC Conference. Finishing at the top means that they get a few days off before springing back into action on Thursday. The Tar Heels are likely to be favorites whomever they face, but there is the chance that they would rather take on the Syracuse Orange. UNC laid an 85-68 beating on the Orange when they met earlier in the season, but they went down 77-62 on the road to the Miami Hurricanes in their only meeting with that group. Confidence should be high for the Tar Heels, though, as they finished the regular season with 5 wins in their last 6, including a 3-1 record versus ranked teams.
Who Will Win: Miami Hurricanes or Syracuse Orange
The only meeting between these two teams in the regular season was not particularly close, with the Syracuse Orange rolling to a 70-55 win over the Miami Hurricanes. Neither team finished the regular season particularly well, with Miami dropping their final two games, and Syracuse losing 4 of their last 6. The Orange have the better offensive unit, but the Hurricanes are a much better defensive team. Miami will likely be looking to get out to a fast start that would allow them to play the defensive style that allows them to win. If they cannot slow down the Orange offense, we are looking at another blowout. I do believe it will be close, and that Syracuse will move on to face UNC.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
My prediction is that it will be the Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange meeting in the next round of the ACC Conference Championship, and I think it will be UNC that moves on, although not by as big a margin as their last meeting.