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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (25-6) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -7.5 -- See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels will play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the third round of the ACC Tournament.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 21-10 (9-9) and are the #8 seed in the ACC tournament. Pittsburgh is coming off of a win against Syracuse by a score of 72-71 in their first game of the ACC tournament. Pittsburgh is averaging 76.3 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Pittsburgh is also averaging 38.9 rebounds per game and 17.2 assists per game. Michael Young is averaging 16.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis is averaging 14.4 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Pittsburgh is shooting 75.9% on free throws, 34.4% on three-pointers, and 45.9% on all field goal attempts.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 25-6 (14-4) and is the #1 seed in the ACC tournament. North Carolina finished the regular season by winning 4 of their last 5 games and is coming off of a win against Duke by a score of 76-72. North Carolina defeated Pittsburgh at home by a score of 85-64 in the only regular season meeting between these teams. North Carolina is averaging 82.9 points per game while giving up 70.6 points per game. North Carolina is also averaging 41.5 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per game. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game for North Carolina. Justin Jackson is averaging 12.3 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels. North Carolina is shooting 73.6% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 47.6% on all field goal attempts.

North Carolina finished the regular season as the top team in the ACC and was able to blow out Pittsburgh in their first meeting. North Carolina has a high-powered offense, while Pittsburgh has the defensive advantage. North Carolina is the better rebounding team and the better shooting team. I like North Carolina here. 

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North Carolina Tar Heels -7.5

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