Ohio State vs. UNC Prediction
Will No. 5 North Carolina be able to pick up a win and cover over Ohio State when the two meet up in the CBS Sports Classic today at 1:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is favored in this game, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -7 points against Ohio State. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 156 points. Today’s game takes place from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and will air live on CBS.
Ohio State is coming off a 94-65 win over The Citadel for its fifth straight victory. The Buckeyes are now 10-3 on the season and 5-6 against the spread. They have failed to cover in their last two games. Ohio State is averaging 79.5 points per game on offense this season while allowing 67.1 per game on defense. Keita Bates-Diop is leading the team with 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while C.J. Jackson is adding 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
The Tar Heels are coming off a surprising 79-75 loss to Wofford at home earlier this week. The loss snapped a five-game win streak and dropped UNC to 10-2 on the season. The Heels are 7-4 against the spread this year. UNC is averaging 86.2 points per game on offense this season while allowing 71.9 per game on defense. Luke Maye is averaging 19.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while Joel Berry II is adding 17.1 points per contest.
North Carolina has won four straight meetings with Ohio State, covering the spread in all four meetings. The Heels should be pretty bothered by the loss to Wofford this week and be ready to take out some frustrations on the Buckeyes. Ohio State is on a nice win streak, but none of the wins have come against ranked opponents. I think the Buckeyes will be in a little over their heads today. The public betting is solidly with North Carolina and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -7