The Final Four tips off on Saturday and the nightcap in Houston features a pair of college bluebloods. The Syracuse Orange (+750 to win championship) have surprised many to get to this point as a No. 10 – the first ever to make it to the Final Four. The North Carolina Tar Heels (+105 favorites to win championship) handled their business as the top seed in their region.
The Orange (23-13 SU, 20-15 ATS) downed top-seeded Virginia 68-62 to reach their sixth Final Four and their first since 2013. Malachi Richardson netted 23 points for Syracuse, who were down by as many as 16 in the second half, but they fought back and rode their 2-3 zone defense all the way to Houston. Syracuse has now allowed 55.7 points in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tar Heels (32-6 SU, 19-18-1 ATS) powered past Notre Dame with an 88-74 win as Brice Johnson had his third double-double in a row with 25 points and 12 rebounds. North Carolina shot a ridiculous 61.5% from the field and have averaged 89.2 points during the Tournament so far.
North Carolina has won three of their last five meetings with Syracuse, including both in ACC play this season.
NCAAB: Tar Heels Aim for Season Sweep of Orange
The ACC will have at least one team in the title game of the NCAA Tournament as the North Carolina Tar Heels face the Syracuse Orange in the Final Four. The two meet in the late game on Saturday at 8:49 PM ET.
This will be a game of offense against defense as the Tar Heels are averaging 89.2 points in the Tournament while the Orange are allowing just 55.7 points per game. These ACC schools have met twice this season; the Tar Heels won in Syracuse in January, then again at North Carolina in February. However, the Orange held their own, losing by 11 in the first game and only five in the second.