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North Carolina vs. Notre Dame - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3)

College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -9.5 -- Over/Under: 148 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Monday at the Dean E. Smith Center in ACC college basketball action.

The North Carolina Tar Heels Tar Heels are 11-3 this season and they have won their last five games. UNC opened their ACC schedule with a 24-point win at Clemson getting out to an early lead and never letting up. North Carolina is averaging 80.8 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.9 points and their opponents shoot 34.8 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels averaging 13.6 points per game. Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds, Brice Johnson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Justin Jackson is averaging 9.6 points. North Carolina is 5-1 at home this season and 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25.

North Carolina vs. Notre Dame - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 14-1 this season and they have won their last 10 games in a row. ND opened their ACC schedule with a hard fought win in overtime over Georgia Tech. Notre Dame is averaging 85.9 points and they are shooting 55.3 percent from the floor including 40.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents shoot 34.8 percent. Jerian Grant leads the Irish averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 assists per game. Demetrius Jackson is averaging 14.4 points, Zach Auguste is averaging 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Pat Connaughton is averaging 14 points and 8.2 rebounds. Notre Dame hasn’t played a true road game this season.

North Carolina is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 1-5 against the spread against the ACC, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five games. Notre Dame is 5-12-1 I their last 18 games against a team with a winning record, 7-19-1 against the spread against the ACC, and 1-3-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.

This is ia big number on the total but while both teams play strong defense I like the over. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Over 148

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