North Carolina vs. Temple Free Pick

College Basketball North Carolina vs. Temple Picks & Predictions

North Carolina will look to overcome Temple in its season opener tonight at 7:00PM ET without star point guard Marcus Paige, who suffered a broken hand just over a week ago.

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The AP’s top-ranked Tar Heels opened as a 9.5-point favorite over the Owls and that’s where the spread currently sits according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI. The total, meanwhile, opened at 144.5 and that’s where the number current sits.

North Carolina wants to push the pace. Temple wants to be methodical but with the 30-second shotclock, the Owls can't hold the ball forever. Temple guard Shawn Alston should mesh well with 6-5 senior guard Quenton DeCosey, who averaged 12.3 points per game.

The Tar Heels are loaded with talent and experience. Even without Paige, sophomore guard Joel Berry can handle the point and get the ball to Justin Jackson, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks up front.

Look for a high-scoring game between these two teams tonight.

FRIDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: NORTH CAROLINA/TEMPLE OVER 144.5

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