Tulane vs. North Carolina - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (33-7) at Tulane Green Wave (12-22)
College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tulane Green Wave and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Friday in New Orleans as they tip off their 2016-2017 college basketball seasons.
For the Tulane Green Wave this season arrives with a lot excitement most of which surrounds their new Head Coach Mike Dunleavy who has 17 years of NBA coaching experience under his belt. Dunleavy has his work cut out for him as Tulane averaged just 65.9 points per game last season and they shot just 30 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Malik Morgan is the top returning scorer for Tulane as he he averaged 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. Power forward Cameron Reynolds moves to the starting lineup after averaging 6.6 points off of the bench last season but he showed big improvement for the Green Wave late in year. Tulane’s Melvin Frazier starts at small forward after averaging 5.2 points last season, Ryan Smith will be the starting center after playing 10.2 minutes per game last season, and freshman Colin slater will be the point guard. Dunleavy has made it very public that he wants Tulane to use more of the court and perimeter shooting.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels are once again locked and loaded as they try and build off of last year’s trip to the Final Four and try and take it one step further and get the win in the National Championship Game. UNC is counting on a big year from Kennedy Meeks who was disappointing last year because of his inside game and poor defense and he will be joined in the Carolina front court by Isaiah Hicks who came off of the bench last year where he was a fouling machine seemingly getting whistled non-stop. North Carolina is going to lean heavily on Joel Berry II who handles the ball well along with being the Heels’ best 3-point shooter and free throw shooter. Many thought North Carolina guard Justin Jackson would opt for the NBA last year but he didn’t and maybe his dwindling shooting percentage swayed him to stay and see if he could raise his stock. Most are excited to see freshman Seventh Woods who has superstar potential based on his athleticism. The bottom line is once again Roy Williams has a team loaded with stars and they have the potential for a big year.
Tulane is 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 games and the under is 23-8 in their last 31 non-conference games. North Carolina is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games and 18-7-1 against the spread in their last 25 non-conference games.
This is a monster spread for this game and while North Carolina is the better team and has more talent, I see the excitement of Tulane being good enough to keep this game closer than the number.