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.