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North Carolina vs. Providence - 3/19/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars at North Carolina Tar Heels

College Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm (PNC Arena)

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

TV: TBS

The Providence Friars and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament at the PNC Arena.

The Providence Friars hope for another win after beating USC on Thursday. The Providence Friars are averaging 73.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Ben Bentil is averaging 21.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 16 points and 6.4 assists. Rodney Bullock is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Friars are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Providence Friars are 4-2 on neutral courts this season.

North Carolina vs. Providence - 3/19/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another win after beating Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 82.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 41 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 12.7 points and 3.6 assists. Marcus Paige is dishing 3.7 assists and Justin Jackson is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels are 8-0 on neutral courts this season.

This is a very dangerous game for a North Carolina team that struggles to shoot the basketball. A 1-2 punch of Bentil and Dunn is good enough to beat the Tar Heels outright if those shots are falling. This game has serious upset potential.

While I'm not calling a Friars win, I am saying you should take the points. Providnece is no pushover.

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