Tar Heels Face Test in Top-Ranked Rival Syracuse

It’s been hard to gauge what the North Carolina Tar Heels are capable of this season thanks to their largely inconsistent play since November. Almost simultaneously a team capable of knocking off a top-ranked opponent and collapsing against a mid-major opponent, they’ve added an element of unpredictability to the college basketball moneyline. This Friday, the No. 19 squad will try their luck against a vaunted ACC rival. Currently No. 2 in the AP polls, the Syracuse Orange will serve as a valuable measuring device for UNC fans curious to see what exactly their squad is capable of. Having bullied their way through a not-so-imposing schedule so far, Syracuse will use the early January contest against a conference rival to hopefully make a statement. The Orange have just 12/1 odds of winning March Madness despite the fact that only Arizona ranks higher than them at this point in the season. Is it safe to consider Syracuse a legitimate contender to win the NCAA Tournament this spring? Can North Carolina use a critical matchup like this one to get themselves back on track with any semblance of consistency heading forward? That’s where you come in.