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North Carolina vs. East Carolina - 12/7/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (4-4) at North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the East Carolina Pirates face off on Sunday in Chapel Hill at the Dean E. Smith Center in college basketball action.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 5-2 this season and are coming off of their second loss of the year losing to Iowa on Wednesday in the ACC vs. Big Ten challenge. UNC is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.6 points and their opponents are shooting just 33.6 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Heels averaging 14.9 points per game. Kennedy Meeks is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Jackson is averaging 11 points, and Brice Johnson is averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds. North Carolina is loaded with talent but subpar coaching will be tough once again for them to overcome against the better teams.

North Carolina vs. East Carolina - 12/7/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates are 4-4 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. ECU is averaging 66 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. B.J. Tyson leads the Pirates averaging 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Caleb White is averaging 14.1 points, Terry Whisant is averaging 11.5 points,a and Lance Tejada is averaging 7.6 points. East Carolina has played the 344th ranked schedule in the nation.

North Carolina is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, 3-10 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games. East Carolina is 3-0-1 against the spread against the ACC, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 5-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.

UNC s the much better team but 22.5 points? I don’t think so. I am taking the points and ECU.

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East Carolina Pirates +22.5

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