North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Fairfield Stags - 11/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fairfield Stags (0-1) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0)
NCAA Basketball: Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels host the Fairfield Stags in Sunday afternoon action.
The Fairfield Stags never got their scoring or defense pointed in the same direction of a season opening 70-57 defeat at the hands of Yale as a six point underdog. The Stags knew they were in an uphill battle as they trailed by nine heading to the locker room and 40% shooting wasn’t going to produce a comeback. The Bulldogs didn’t impress with their own 38% from the field but a 21-10 advantage at the free throw line was the difference along with a +19 on the backboards. FF received points from ten players but did not have a DD scorer with Marcus Gilbert, Curtis Cobb and Matija Millin each scoring eight points with Jerry Johnson Jr. grabbing six boards while Jerome Segura handed out six helpers.
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After pounding Temple 91-67 to open the season there is no doubt the North Carolina Tar Heels will remain atop the national rankings. The Tar Heels led by eleven heading to the locker room and never took their foot off the gas. The Owls have a history of surprising highly ranked squads but UNC didn’t miss at nearly 51% and dominated the backboards 48-27 while the defense limited Temple to less then 39% from the field as the Heels were just too big and fast. Kennedy Meeks paced four DD scores with a game high 25 points and eleven boards with Brice Johnson next in line with 16 points and ten boards. Nate Britt added 15 points and Joel Berry II netted 14 points and six pulls as UNC stayed with a 6-7 man rotation.
The over is 10-4 in Fairfield’s last 14 road games. North Carolina are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and are 11-29 ATS in their last 39 Sunday games. This is one of those huge spread games where there is no chance of an upset and it’s up to North Carolina if they want to cover or not…