Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina Pick
Is No. 19 North Carolina giving up too many points to Pittsburgh tonight when the two meet up at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, North Carolina is favored at home in this one, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -23 points against Pittsburgh. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 141.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and will air live on the ACC Network.
North Carolina has been in a real funk the last couple weeks. The Tar Heels have lost three straight, falling to Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Clemson. UNC is 16-7 overall, 5-5 in the ACC and 11-10-1 against the spread. The Heels are putting up 82.3 points per game on offense while allowing 73.1 per game on defense. Luke Maye has been leading UNC this season with 18 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while Joel Berry II is adding 17.5 points per game.
Speaking of funks, Pittsburgh is winless in the ACC this season after a 69-57 loss at Miami. The Panthers are 8-15 overall, 0-10 in the ACC and 11-7 against the spread. The Panthers are scoring just 63.7 points per game this season while giving up 70.3 per contest. Jared Wilson-Frame is leading Pitt this season with 13 points per game while Marcus Carr is adding 10.5 points per contest.
North Carolina has won four straight meetings with Pittsburgh, going 3-1 against the spread in those four wins. While the Tar Heels aren’t playing well, facing Pitt can be the cure it needs. The Panthers are averaging just 56 points per game on the road while UNC averages 88 at home. If UNC can race past the Panthers, the Heels may be in more trouble than we realize. The public betting is strongly with North Carolina today and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -23