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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Belmont Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/17/13

Belmont Bruins (2-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -14.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Belmont Bruins face off on Sunday in the Dean Dome in college basketball action.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to a 2-0 start as they look to make is a special year in Chapel Hill. UNC opened the season with a 23-point win over Oakland and followed it up holding off Holy Cross by eight in a game they were favored by 21. Marcus Paige is leading North Carolina averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. James Michael McAdoo is averaging 16 points and 6.5 rebounds, Brice Johnson is averaging 11 points and 5.0 rebounds, and J.P. Tokoto is averaging 9.5 points 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. North Carolina averages 73 points per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Belmont Bruins Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/17/13

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The Belmont Bruins have become regulars in the NCAA Tournament and they are hoping it will be more of the same this season. Belmont is 2-1 thus far this year with wins over Indiana State and Lipscomb and a loss at Richmond. J.J. Mann leads Belmont averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds. Drew WIndler is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, Reece Chamberlain is averaging 13 points and nearly 5 assists, and Blake Jenkins is averaging 11 points and 6.3 rebounds. Belmont is averaging 81.3 points per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor, 27.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 70.9 percent from the free throw line.

North Carolina is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games, 0-5 against the spread following a win, and 6-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Belmont is 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six games.

Belmont is already battle tested this season and I expect it to help them out and they cover getting this big number. 

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Belmont +14.5

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