UNC vs. Virginia Pick
It’s a big matchup in the ACC tonight when No. 18 Virginia hosts No. 8 North Carolina at 7PM ET. Who has the edge in this clash?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is favored on the road, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Cavaliers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 132 points. North Carolina won the first meeting on Feb. 18, 65-41 at home.
Things haven’t been going well for Virginia for the most part, but the Cavaliers did snap a four-game losing streak this weekend in a 70-55 win at N.C. State. The Cavaliers are 19-9 overall and 9-7 in the ACC. UVA is 15-11 against the spread this season and 6-6 ATS at home. Virginia is averaging 67.1 points per game on offense while allowing 55.8 on defense. When at home, UVA gives up just 51.1 points per game. London Perrantes is leading the team with 12.4 points and 3.9 assists per game while Marial Shayok is adding 9.3 points per contest.
North Carolina has won its last four games to improve to 25-5 on the season and 13-3 in the ACC. The Tar Heels are 15-12-1 against the spread this season after having covered in their last four games. UNC is putting up 85.8 points per game on offense while allowing 71 on defense. When on the road, the Heels put up only 80.7 points per game while allowing 77.7. Justin Jackson is averaging 18.8 points per game on offense while Kennedy Meeks is adding 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest.
Despite Virginia winning at N.C. State, the Cavaliers have still been a mess lately and they just don’t have the offense to compete with this UNC team. While the Cavaliers will keep the Heels down to a lower scoring average than they are used to, it won’t be enough to make up for its offensive struggles. Stick with the hot team on the road against the struggling one.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -3.5