North Carolina vs. Michigan - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (6-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
One of the marquee matchups in the ACC/Big Ten challenge pits the Michigan Wolverines against the #13 North Carolina Tar Heels in college basketball action.
The Michigan Wolverines will look to build some momentum after 3 straight wins brought Michigan to 6-1 this season following their 87-42 rout of UC-Riverside in their last outing. Moritz Wagner led the team with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 4 triples and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Charles Matthews came 2nd with a double-double of his own, putting up 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 12 assists, while Duncan Robinson added 13 points with 5 assists and 4 steals and Jordan Poole chipped in 11 points in 11 minutes on 4 for 9 shooting with 3 triples to round out the scoring in double figures for Michigan. Matthews leads the team with an average of 16.7 points and 4.1 assists per game this season, while Wagner is the team’s top rebounder with 8.6 boards per game. As a team, Michigan is scoring 78.7 points per game on 50.1% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 68.8% shooting from the foul line this season.
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The #13 North Carolina Tar Heels will look to rebound from their first loss of the season in humiliating fashion, a 63-45 loss to Michigan State last time out. Theo Pinson led the team as the only Tar Heel to finish in double figures scoring with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a share of the team-high 6 rebounds. Luke Maye went just 3 for 13 with 6 rebounds of his own, while Joel Berry II added 7 points with a team-high 3 assists and a pair of steals. Maye leads UNC with a double-double per game this season despite the rough outing, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, while Pinson is the team’s leading assist man with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, North Carolina is scoring 84.8 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
Michigan is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 non-conference games. North Carolina is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 24-10-2 ATS in their last 36 home games while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 games against the Big Ten.
Call me crazy, I know Michigan hasn’t has the toughest of schedules and UNC will be their toughest test to date. And I know the Tar Heels’ offense won’t be stifled like they were against Michigan State. But I’m not comfortable giving up double digits against a Michigan team that can hang with North Carolina. Teams don’t brush off these challenge games and I don’t think Michigan will be any different. I could very well be wrong, but I’ll take my chance with Michigan and the points here.