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North Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-8) at North Carolina Tar Heels (9-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -29 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Appalachian State Mountaineers and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Monday at the Dean E. Smith Center.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers look for a bounce back victory to snap a five-game losing streak. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are averaging 68.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Frank Eaves is averaging 20.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while Chris Burgess is averaging 9.6 points and 2.1 assists. Griffin Kinney is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Ronshad Shabazz is dishing 1.2 assists. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. Appalachian State is allowing 44 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.5 turnovers per game. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have lost eight straight road games.

North Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 85.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Marcus Paige is averaging 15.8 points and five assists while Brice Johnson is averaging 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Justin Jackson is dishing 3.8 assists and Kennedy Meeks is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. North Carolina is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Mountaineers are 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Tar Heels are 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. 

North Carolina is starting to get on a roll now that Paige is back. Appalachian State is in over its head, a team that lost by double digits to Furman and a bad Charlotte team. Expect the Tar Heels to walk all over the Mountaineers.

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North Carolina Tar Heels -29

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