North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/3/14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-15) at North Carolina Tar Heels (22-7)
College Basketball: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to North Carolina to play the Tar Heels on Monday night.
Notre Dame dropped to 15-15, 6-11 ACC after losing at home to Pittsburgh 85-81 on Saturday afternoon. On the season, Garrick Sherman leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for Notre Dame. Eric Atkins is averaging 13.4 points per game while averaging a team-high 4.6 assists per game. The Fighting Irish are shooting 45.4% from the field while averaging 72.4 points per game as a team this season. Notre Dame is a decent rebounding team and they are one of the best teams when it comes to distributing the basketball, averaging 15.5 assists per game. The Fighting Irish have lost eight out of their last twelve games overall. Notre Dame will be on the road for their final regular-season game where they have lost six of their last seven in conference play.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 22-7, 12-4 ACC after beating Virginia Tech on the road 60-56 on Saturday. On the season, the Tar Heels are led by Marcus Paige, who is averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 4.6 assists per game this season. James Michael McAdoo is averaging a second-best 14.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Brice Johnson has stepped up and is averaging 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. North Carolina is shooting 46.3% from the field while averaging a solid 77 points per game as a team this season. North Carolina ranks 8th in the country in rebounding, pulling down 40.9 boards per game as a team. The Tar Heels, led by Paige are also one of the best distributing teams, averaging 15.9 assists per game this season. North Carolina has won eleven straight games after losing four out of five to start conference play. The Tar Heels will come home for their final home regular season game of the year.
North Carolina is playing great basketball right now and it will be senior night in Chapel Hill on Monday night. I expect the Tar Heels to bring their A game and win this game by 20 or more points. Notre Dame is not a good team and they will need to start the bus early on Monday night.