Michigan State vs. North Carolina- 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) at Michigan State Spartans (4-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Memorial Coliseum-OR)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
One of the marquee college basketball matchups on Sunday comes to us from the PK80 tournament, as the #9 North Carolina Tar Heels face off against the #4 Michigan State Spartans.
The #9 North Carolina Tar Heels will look for a big win to remain unbeaten after starting the year 5-0 following an 87-68 win over Arkansas last time out. Luke Maye led the team with 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting with 4 triples and team-highs of 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the monster double-double. Kenny Williams came 2nd with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and 8 rebounds, while Joel Berry II added 13 points and 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for the Tar Heels. Theo Pinson added 9 points and 3 blocks for UNC in the victory. Maye leads UNC by averaging a double-double per game with averages of 21.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while Pinson is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, North Carolina is scoring 92.8 points per game on 49.4% shooting from the field, 40.6% from behind the arc and 77.3% from the foul line this season.
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The #4 Michigan State Spartans will look to build on their current 3 game winning streak following a 77-57 win over UCONN in their last outing. Cassius Winston led the team with 28 points on 12 of 15 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 5 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. came 2nd with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double, while Nick Ward added 11 points and 9 rebound to round out the scoring in double figures for the Spartans in the win. Miles Bridges added 6 points and 8 rebounds for Sparty in the win. Ward leads the team with an average of 15.2 points per game, while Jackson Jr. is the team’s top rebounder with 8.8 boards per game and Winston is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 7.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Michigan State is scoring 84.4 points per game on 52.3% shooting from the field, 37.6% from the 3-point line and 72.6% from the charity stripe this season.
North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 16-7-2 ATS in their last 25 neutral site games while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Big Ten. Michigan State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the ACC. North Carolina is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This should be one hell of a game, as you would always expect between these two programs. However, Tom Izzo is 0-7 against North Carolina since Roy Williams started coaching the Tar Heels and that’s one hell of a statistic where the little things matter so much. With this line being almost a pick ‘em, I’ll take the free point with the Tar Heels as I think UNC wins this one.