Tar Heels vs. Demon Deacons Prediction
The eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels had their seven-game winning streak snapped earlier this week. Can UNC bounce back this afternoon in a contest at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons?
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Lawrence Joel Coliseum at 12PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tar Heels are a 17-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 157 points. As of Saturday morning, 72 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Tar Heels struggle at home
North Carolina suffered a 69-61 home defeat Monday night against fourth-ranked Virginia to fall to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels trailed 36-29 at halftime and were unable to recover. North Carolina shot 23-of-65 from the floor, 9-of-30 from 3-point distance and 6-of-7 at the free throw line. Coby White led UNC with 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting including 3-of-11 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also notched three rebounds and two assists. Cameron Johnson tallied 16 points, seven boards and three dimes. Garrison Brooks added 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Nassir Little left the contest with an ankle injury after playing two minutes and is questionable to play in today's game.
Demon Deacons blasted by FSU
Wake Forest was upended by a count of 88-66 Wednesday night at the Seminoles to fall to 9-14 overall and 2-9 in conference action. Chaundree Brown led the Demon Deacons with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line over 32 minutes. Brandon Childress added 11 points, four assists and three rebounds. Wake Forest was outscored 50-35 in the second half as the hosts pulled away. The Demon Deacons shot 22-of-57 from the floor, 11-of-25 from 3-point range and 11-of-17 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tar Heels are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. North Carolina is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games versus the ACC.
The Demon Deacons are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. Wake Forest is 3-14 ATS in its last 17 Saturday games.
Wake Forest has lost by at least 16 points in five of its last seven games and UNC is better than all but Virginia during this stretch. With the Tar Heels coming off a loss, they should be ready to click on all cylinders here and take advantage of a subpar performance. The Demon Deacons are ranked only 174th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency and 216th in defense. Yuck. Look for UNC to roll.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS -17