Tar Heels vs. Cardinals Prediction
A battle between two ranked Atlantic Coast Conference teams is on tap this afternoon as the North Carolina Tar Heels play at the Louisville Cardinals. Will ninth-ranked North Carolina win as small favorites at 15th-ranked Louisville?
Saturday, February 2, 2019
KFC Yum! Arena at 2PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tar Heels are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 155.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 71 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Betting Page for the latest info.
Tar Heels dominate host Yellow Jackets
North Carolina rolled to a 77-54 victory Tuesday night at Georgia Tech to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels outscored the hosts 46-30 in the second half to pull away. North Carolina shot 29-of-61 from the field, 13-of-27 from 3-point distance and 6-of-11 from the free throw line. Cameron Johnson paced the Tar Heels with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also notched three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Coby White tallied 19 points, eight assists and three rebounds.
Cardinals win sixth straight
Louisville dominated host Wake Forest Wednesday night to the tune of 82-54 to improve to 16-5 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Cardinals jumped out to a 48-25 halftime advantage to take full control quickly. Louisville shot 29-of-56 from the field, 10-of-24 from 3-point range and 14-of-18 at the free throw line. Jordan Nwora paced the Cardinals with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 4-of-6 from 3-point distance. He also pulled down six rebounds. Dwayne Sutton tallied 17 points to go with 10 boards, four dimes and three steals. Malik Williams registered 13 points to go with eight rebounds. Ryan McMahon added 12 points and two assists off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. North Carolina is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games overall.
The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Louisville is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.
With the way the Cardinals have played lately and being at home, I'm surprised they aren't favored here. Louisville already has a convincing 83-62 victory at North Carolina on Jan. 12 and while the Tar Heels will have revenge on their minds, the Cardinals have only lost once at home this season. I'm betting on Louisville to push its winning streak to seven here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS +1.5