Lipscomb vs. North Carolina Prediction
Will the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels roll to a big win over the No. 15 Lipscomb Bisons when the two meet in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Tournament today at 2:45PM ET?
Lipscomb vs. North Carolina Game Snapshot
Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: CBS, 2:45PM ET
Who Oddsmakers Predict: North Carolina. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Tar Heels are the heavy favorite in this game, as UNC is getting odds of -19.5 points against Lipscomb. The spread opened at 18 points and peaked at 20 before moving down to 19.5. The over/under total sits at 162.5 points after it opened at 162 points.
Who Public Bettors are Predicting: North Carolina. The Tar Heels are getting 64 percent of the wagers for this game as a heavy favorite against the Bisons.
Injury Report: Lipscomb - No significant injuries for this game. North Carolina - (G) Cameron Johnson listed as questionable with a back injury. Johnson is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season. He left the ACC Championship game with the injury and hasn’t been able to return to practice.
Our Prediction: With or without Johnson, UNC still has a lot of talent to work with. The Tar Heels are only 9-10-1 against the spread away from home this season, but they should be able to handle Lipscomb, which is bordering on being a 16 seed. Lipscomb has yet to play on a neutral floor this season and certainly is going to be dealing with nerves over appearing in the NCAA Tournament and playing against a program like North Carolina. The Tar Heels should be able to handle their nerves for the game just fine and get back to playing at a high level, like they were toward the end of the season. Prior to the ACC Championship, UNC had covered in three straight against three NCAA Tournament teams. I think the Heels hammer Lipscomb this afternoon.
LIPSCOMB vs. NORTH CAROLINA PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -19.5