Can UNC run past Pittsburgh today?

Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina – 3/10/16 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

No. 7 North Carolina hopes to begin a push toward the ACC Tournament title today when it faces Pittsburgh at Noon ET on ESPN. Can the Heels win big?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is favored in this game, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Panthers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 148.5 points. These two meet in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, which takes place from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

North Carolina is 25-6 overall, 14-4 in ACC games, 4-0 on a neutral floor and 13-17-1 against the spread. Pittsburgh is 21-10 overall, 10-9 in the ACC, 3-0 on a neutral floor and 12-16 against the spread. UNC won the lone meeting with Pittsburgh this season, 85-64 on its home floor.

Who does the public like in this game?

Pittsburgh is coming off a win against Syracuse yesterday, but the Panthers were unable to cover as they blew a big lead late. The Panthers are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight. UNC has won four of its last five, including a 25-point win against Miami. The Tar Heels haven’t been great at covering in conference play this season, but those numbers have improved over the last few weeks and they are facing a Pitt team that had to give it everything to hold off Syracuse 24 hours ago. Look for UNC to win comfortably today.

ACC TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: NORTH CAROLINA -7.5

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