Pittsburgh at North Carolina - 2/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (17-6) at North Carolina Tar Heels (20-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Pittsburgh Panthers could use a win after losing four of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 78.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 43 percent shooting. Michael Young is averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while Jamel Artis is averaging 15.1 points and 3.2 assists. James Robinson is dishing 5.3 assists and Sheldon Jeter is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 83.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds while Marcus Paige is averaging 12.9 points and 3.7 assists. Joel Berry II is dishing 4.3 assists and Kennedy Meeks is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 12 straight home games.
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games. The Tar Heels are 13-29 ATS in their last 42 Sunday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
North Carolina doesn't have the killer instinct to put good teams away with any consistency. Pittsburgh is a team that fights at both ends of the floor and competes at a high level. The Panthers are more than capable of keeping this game under double digits. I'll take the points if forced to cap this game.