Virginia Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 1/20/14
North Carolina Tar Heels (11-6) at Virginia Cavaliers (13-5)
College Basketball: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels head up to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Monday night.
North Carolina improved to 11-6 on the year after beating Boston College 82-71 on Saturday. The Tar Heels shot 52.7% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. North Carolina reached the charity stripe 30 times and made 66.7% of their attempts. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 21 points, while James Michael McAdoo had a team-high 4 blocks and 6 rebounds. On the season, Paige leads the Tar Heels with 17 points and 4.3 assists per contest. McAdoo is averaging 14.4 points per game and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. The Tar Heels are averaging 75.6 points per game while shooting a decent 45.2% from the field as a team so far this season. North Carolina ranks 11th in the country in rebounds per game, averaging 41.6 boards per contest this season. After losing three straight games the Tar Heels bounced back on Saturday and will look to keep it going on the road where they are 1-3 on the year.
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Virginia improved to 13-5 on the year after beating Florida State 78-66 on Saturday. The Cavaliers shot 49.1% from the field and a whopping 63.6% from three-point range. Virginia reached the free-throw line 23 times and made 73.9% of their attempts. Joe Harris led the team in scoring with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added a team-high 6 assists and 4 steals. On the season, Harris leads the Cavaliers with 10.9 points per game. Brogdon is averaging a close second at 10.5 points, while Mitchell is averaging a team-high 6.6 rebounds. Virginia is shooting a mediocre 43.9% from the field and averaging 65.8 points per game as a team so far this season. The Cavaliers are not a great team when it comes to distributing the basketball on offense and they are a decent rebounding team, pulling down 37.7 boards per contest. The Cavaliers have won four out of their last five games and will stay home for this next matchup.
North Carolina has won four out of the last five meetings with Virginia, including a 12-point win at Virginia last season. North Carolina played better on Saturday but they have not been playing well as of late. Virginia is playing some solid basketball and I think they will win and cover at home.