Louisville vs. UNC Pick
Who has the edge when No. 8 North Carolina hosts No. 7 Louisville in a key ACC matchup tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is the favorite at home, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total for the game is listed at 153.5 points. North Carolina has won four of the last six in this series, but Louisville has covered the spread in three of the last four against the Tar Heels.
Louisville has won three straight coming into tonight’s game to get to 22-5 on the season and 10-4 in the ACC. The Cardinals are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games to drop to 16-8-1 against the spread on the season. Louisville is averaging 77.8 points per game on offense while allowing 64.1 on defense. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while Quentin Snider is adding 12.5 points per contest.
North Carolina is coming off a 65-41 win over Virginia at home this weekend. The Tar Heels are 23-5 on the season and 11-3 on the ACC. UNC has covered in its last two and is now 13-12-1 against the spread on the season and 9-4 ATS at home. UNC is averaging 86.3 points per game on offense while allowing 71.4 on defense. When at home, the Heels are holding opponents to just 64.9 points per contest. Justin Jackson is averaging 18.6 points per game to lead the team while Kennedy Meeks is adding 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
Louisville has managed to rise to the occasion at times this season, so seeing the Cardinals step up tonight is certainly not out of the question, but UNC is a team that is too talented for the Cardinals. Since the loss at Duke, UNC has looked pretty unstoppable, beating N.C. State and Virginia by 24 each. UNC has an offense that will put up too high a number for the Cardinals to keep up with tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -5.5