UNC Asheville vs Syracuse 2012 NCAA Bracket Predictions: No 16 seed has ever defeated a No. 1 seed in the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. So naturally, the Bulldogs of North Carolina-Asheville (24-9) would love to be the first to claim such a trophy. They get their chance Thursday in the second round of the 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional when they take on No. 1 Syracuse (31-2) at Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. This game will be televised on Tru-Tv with a start time of 3:10 p.m. ET.
Odds makers at online sports book TopBet.com list Syracuse as 15 1/2-chalk favorites with a combined score total of 146 1/2. Most sports shops have opted to stay away from College Basketball Odds money line numbers.
The Bulldogs do catch a break in that they will not have to face Syracuse’s 7-foot, 285 pound center Fab Melo who will not play due to an eligibility issue. However, the Orange has plenty of size and depth to overcome the loss. This is the second straight year Asheville has faced the Big East regular-season champion in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Bulldogs faced Pittsburgh in Washington, D.C., and fell 71-47.
While losing Melo will probably not be enough to cost Syracuse a victory against UNC-A, I look for the Bulldogs to battle hard in the game. I will take my chances by taking the 15 1/2 points and predicting a cover for the Bulldogs. My Pick – UNC-Asheville +15 1/2 cover.
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