North Carolina vs. Tulane - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (6-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (7-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Sunday afternoon out at Dean Smith Center, we’ve got college basketball activity coming between the Tulane Green Wave and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Tulane enters this game at a solid 6-1 so far on the year. The Green Wave’s lone loss came to Georgia State on November 29, and since then they’ve beaten Alcorn State in their lone appearance. In that one, the Wave’s top scorer was Cameron Reynolds, with 28 points and seven 3-pointers.
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Tulane’s top scorer this year is Melvin Frazier, with 18.9 PPG and 7.6 RPG, while Reynolds has 16.9 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Green Wave are Samir Sehic (13.6 PPG; 7.7 RPG) and Ray Ona Embo (10.6 PPG).
North Carolina comes into this game at 7-1 on the season. Since their only loss against Michigan State, the Tar Heels have beaten Michigan and Davidson. In that last game, North Carolina was led by Joel Berry with 27 points.
Luke Maye is the top Tar Heels scorer so far with 20.6 PPG and 10.4 RPG—also a team-high. Berry (17.0 PPG), Kenny Williams (13.5 PPG) and Theo Pinson (10.1 PPG; 5.6 RPG; 4.1 APG) are also in double-figures for North Carolina.
Tulane is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five versus the ACC and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games. The under is 5-0 in the Green Wave’s last five overall and 4-0 in their last four road games.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five versus the AAC and 25-10-2 ATS in their last 37 home games. North Carolina is also 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS loss and 0-3-1 ATS in the last four Sunday games.
Tulane lost by a surprising 11 points to Georgia State, scoring just 59 in that game. Aside from that blemish, however, they’ve scored at least 80 points in five of six games. North Carolina, meanwhile, put up a real dud against the Spartans with just 45 points, but have scored at least 85 in all their wins. This should be a fast-paced game, and I think Tulane has enough scoring to keep up here. I’ll take the Wave to cover.