North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 3/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-11) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (31-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 31-6 (14-4) and are the #1 seed in the East Region. North Carolina is coming off of wins against Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 83-67, Providence by a score of 85-66, and Indiana by a score of 101-86 in their first 3 games of the tournament. Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 21 points and 6 assists against Indiana. North Carolina out rebounded Indiana by a total of 37-32 and was able to add 20 assists in their victory. North Carolina has won 8 games in a row, including the ACC Championship Game against Virginia. North Carolina is averaging 82.4 points per game while giving up 69.4 points per game. North Carolina is also averaging 41 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per game. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game for North Carolina. Joel Berry II is averaging 12.8 points per game and 3.4 assists per game for the Tar Heels. North Carolina is shooting 74.2% on free throws, 31.4% on three-pointers, and 47.8% on all field goal attempts.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 24-11 (11-7) and are the #6 seed in the East Region. Notre Dame is coming off of wins against Michigan by a score of 70-63, Stephen F. Austin by a score of 76-75, and Wisconsin by a score of 61-56 in their first 3 games of the tournament. V.J. Beachem led Notre Dame with 19 points and 3 steals against Wisconsin. Notre Dame was out rebounded by Wisconsin by a total of 36-32, but was able to add 13 assists in their victory. Notre Dame has won 5 of their last 6 games, with their only loss coming against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Notre Dame is averaging 75.6 points per game while giving up 70.5 points per game. Notre Dame is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game. Demetrius Jackson is averaging 15.5 points per game and 4.7 assists per game for Notre Dame. Zach Auguste is averaging 14.3 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is shooting 73.7% on free throws, 37.2% on three-pointers, and 47.6% on all field goal attempts.
Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 16-4-1 in Notre Dame’s last 21 NCAA Tournament games. North Carolina is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the ACC. The over is 4-1 in North Carolina’s last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
Notre Dame defeated North Carolina at home by a score of 80-76, while North Carolina blew out Notre Dame by a score of 78-47 in the ACC Tournament. North Carolina is the higher scoring team, while both teams are similar in points against. North Carolina also has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. North Carolina is clicking on all cylinders right now and I like them by double-digits here.