North Carolina vs. Iowa - 12/3/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2) at North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -9 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Iowa Hawkeyes face off on Wednesday in Chapel Hill in day tow of the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 5-1 this season and ranked 12th in the nation and have won back-to-back games since being upset by Butler in the Bahamas. North Carolina is averaging 81.3 points per game ad they are shooting 44.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 33.7 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels averaging 15.2 points per game. Kennedy Meeks is averaging 13.8 points and 9.7 rebounds, Justin Jackson is averaging 11.7 points, and Brice Johnson is averaging 11.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. North Carolina appears to hqave the talent to be a Final Four contender this season.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes are 5-2 this season losing both of their games in Madison Square Garden to Texas and then Syracuse. Iowa is averaging 73.7 points and they are shooting 43.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 57.6 points and their opponents are shooting 34.8 percent. Aaron White leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, Adam Woodbury is averaging 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Gabriel Olaseni is averaging 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Iowa is 36th in the nation in team defense.
North Carolina is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 10-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 9-4 against the spread against the Big Ten. Iowa is 29-13 following a win, 2-11 against the spread in their last 13 games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games.
With the total at 150 that just looks to be too high so I am going with the under.