North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Pick
Should No. 8 North Carolina be able to go on the road and cruise past Pittsburgh when the two ACC foes meet today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is favored on the road, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Panthers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 156.5 points. UNC has won three straight in this series, including an 80-78 win at home on Jan. 31.
North Carolina has won and covered the spread in three straight coming into today. The Heels are now 24-5 on the season and 12-3 in the ACC. They are also 14-12-1 against the spread on the season. UNC is averaging 85.9 points per game this season while giving up 71.1 on defense. On the road, the Heels average 80.2 on offense while giving up 78.9 on defense. Justin Jackson is leading the team with 18.7 points per game while Joel Berry II is adding 14.6 points and 4 assists per contest.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 63-59 loss at Wake Forest this week to drop to 15-13 on the season and just 4-11 in the ACC. Pitt is also just 12-13-2 against the spread this year as well. However, they have covered in six of its last seven games. Pittsburgh is averaging 75.7 points per game on offense while allowing 75.6 on defense. The Panthers are led by Michael Young, who is averaging 20.4 points and 7 rebounds per game while Jamel Artis is adding 19.3 points per game.
Pittsburgh has been showing some improvement in recent weeks, including home wins over Florida State and Syracuse. The Tar Heels have been somewhat shaky on the road, going just 4-8-1 against the spread. They have lost two of their last three on the road and only had an 8-point win at Boston College prior to that. I am going to go with Pittsburgh to stay strong at the betting window.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH +7.5