North Carolina vs. Duke - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (19-6) at North Carolina Tar Heels (21-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 164 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils face off on Wednesday in ACC college basketball action.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 21-4 this season and they have won their last two games. UNC is averaging 83.8 points per game and they are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Brice Johnson leads the Tar Heels averaging 16.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. Marcus Paige is averaging 13 points, Joel Berry II is averaging 12.2 points, and Justin Jackson is averaging 12.1 points. North Carolina is 13-0 at home and 10-2 in the ACC.
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The Duke Blue Devils are 19-6 this season and they have won five of their last six games. Duke is averaging 83.4 points per game and they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Grayson Allen leads the Blue Devils averaging 20.6 points per game. Brandon Ingram is averaging 17.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, Luke Kennard is averaging 12 points, and Matt Jones is averaging 11.7 points. Duke is a 4-2 on the road and 8-4 in the ACC.
North Carolina is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 2-6 against the spread against the ACC, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Duke is 13-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 2-5 against the spread on the road following three or more home games. The road team has covered the point spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two teams.
The Dog has done so well in this series as has the road team but I like UNC to cover here but not willing to go big on it.