North Carolina vs. Duke - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (27-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (21-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils face off on Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center in an ACC college basketball rivalry game as they close out their regular season schedules.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 21-9 this season ad they have won three of their last four games. UNC is averaging 78.2 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39.3 percent. Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels averaging 13.2 points per game. Brice Johnson is averaging 12.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Justin Jackson is averaging 9.9 points. North Carolina is 10-4 at home and 11-6 in the ACC.
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The Duke Blue Devils are 27-3 this season and ranked third in the nation and they have won their last 10 games. Duke is averaging 81.2 points and they are shooting 50.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Jahlil Okafor leads the Blue Devils averaging 17.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Quinn Cook is averaging 15.8 points, Justise Winslow is averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Tyus Jones is averaging 11.4 points and 5.7 assists. Duke is 8-2 on the road and 14-3 in the ACC.
North Carolina is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight home games. Duke is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-6-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
UNC was coming hard last time these two met and I look for them to finish the deal in this one and get the cover in the process.