Duke vs. North Carolina - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (24-6) at Duke Blue Devils (22-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils meet Saturday at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points and 10.4 rebounds while Justin Jackson is averaging 12.3 points and 3.2 assists. Joel Berry II is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Marcus Paige is dishing 3.7 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won five of their last eight road games.
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The Duke Blue Devils look for a big win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 81.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Grayson Allen is averaging 21.2 points and 3.5 assists while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. Luke Kennard is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Matt Jones is dishing 2.4 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Blue Devils are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won five straight home games.
The Tar Heels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Blue Devils are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Tar Heels are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Duke.
I don't like this North Carolina team, as it folds like a beach chair when a team pushes back. Duke has the shooting to give the Tar Heels fits, and the home crowd helps as well. The Blue Devils at home in a toss up game has to be the pick here.