Louisville vs. North Carolina - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (17-4) at Louisville Cardinals (17-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds
The Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet for the second time this season when they face off on Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center in ACC college basketball action.
The Louisville Cardinals are 17-3 this season and have won three of their last four games since losing to UNC earlier this month. Louisville is averaging 73.4 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 58.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.3 percent. Terry Rozier leads the Cardinals averaging 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, Chris Jones is averaging 13.4 points, and Wayne Blackshear is averaging 11.8 points. Louisville is 11-2 at home and 5-2 in the ACC.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 17-4 this season and they have won their last six games and 11 of their last 12. UNC is averaging 80 points and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.4 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels averaging 14.1 points per game. Kennedy Meeks is averaging 13 points and 8.3 rebounds, Brice Johnson is averaging 12.2 points and 7.9 rebounds, and Justin Jackson is averaging 10 points. North Carolina is 4-1 on the road and 7-1 in the ACC.
Louisville is 2-6 against the spread against the ACC, 1-7-1 against the spread following a win, and 2-5-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. North Carolina is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games, and 0-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total opened at 144.5 for this one and the odds makers simply have this too low so my free pick is the Over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.