Miami vs. North Carolina Pick
Can No. 9 North Carolina cover a big spread at home when the Tar Heels host Miami at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, North Carolina is favored at home tonight, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -10 points against Miami. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 151.5 points. Tonight’s game will take place from Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and air live on ESPN.
Miami has won its last two coming into tonight, beating Notre Dame on the road and Boston College at home. The Hurricanes are 20-8 overall, 9-7 in the ACC and 10-13 against the spread. Miami is averaging 74.1 points per game on offense this season while allowing 66.8 per contest. Dewan Huell is leading the Canes with 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while Lonnie Walker IV is adding 11.5 points per contest.
North Carolina is on a six-game win streak right now following a 78-74 win at Syracuse. The Tar Heels have covered the spread in five of the six wins during this streak. UNC is now 22-7 overall, 11-5 in the ACC and 16-11-1 against the spread. The Heels are averaging 83.4 points per game on offense while allowing 73.4 per game on defense. Luke Maye is averaging 18 points and 10.2 rebounds per game to lead the team while Joel Berry II is adding 17.7 points per contest.
North Carolina has won three of its last four meetings with Miami, but the two have yet to meet this season. Both teams are playing well right now, but Miami’s two wins have been against mediocre teams. I think the Hurricanes will struggle on the road against this UNC team, which has beaten the likes of Duke, N.C. State, ND, Louisville and Syracuse lately. The Heels are 10-3 against the spread at home this season and their offense should counter Miami’s strong defense. The public betting is slightly backing North Carolina tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: NORTH CAROLINA -10