Northern Iowa vs. UNC Pick
Can No. 8 North Carolina make quick work of Northern Iowa when the two meet up tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is favored at home tonight, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -18 points against the Panthers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 142 points. These two met last season with Northern Iowa getting a 71-67 upset win over the Tar Heels.
North Carolina is off to a 10-2 start to the season following a hard-fought 103-100 loss to Kentucky this past weekend. That snapped a three-game winning streak for the Tar Heels. They are now 5-5-1 against the spread this season. UNC has a very high-powered offense that is putting up 89 points per game and their defense is giving up just 69.4 points per contest. Justin Jackson is leading the UNC offense with 17.1 points per game. He is one of four players scoring in double figures this season. Kennedy Meeks is adding 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while Joel Berry II is adding 15.6 points per contest.
Northern Iowa is coming off a 69-46 loss at home to Iowa this past weekend. The Panthers are now just 5-5 on the season and 3-6 against the spread. They have gone just 1-3 ATS following a loss this year. NIU is putting up just 66.3 points per game this season and allowing 63 points per game. The Panthers are led by guard Jeremy Morgan, who is averaging 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Coming off a tough loss, I would expect UNC to bounce back in a big way. Northern Iowa hasn’t been playing good basketball this season and coming off a massive loss to an Iowa team that certainly isn’t as good as UNC. While the Heels are giving up a lot of points, they can definitely expand the lead quickly on the Panthers.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -18